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How to Handle the Holiday Blues by Emily McAleer, LPC

It is natural to feel a little blue during the holiday season. Many times expectations of happiness are high. Many people often feel disappointed, stressed or lonely. Holidays can be difficult because money is often tight, seeing relatives and friends can be stressful and time consuming. Often, distance or a loss of family member can be painful during the holidays.

If you are suffering from the holiday blues, the tips below can be helpful.

  • Joshua 1:9 states: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
  • Take care of yourself. Exercise, watch your diet, get enough sleep, and do things to relax.
  • Spend time with people you enjoy. Do not over-schedule yourself for parties, obligation, etc. Over-scheduling can contribute to unnecessary stress!
  • Volunteer your time for a good cause and feel good about it!
  • Start new traditions. A recent loss or separation from family during the holidays can make certain family traditions difficult. This year start making happy memories for your future!
  • Matthew 5:4 states: Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted!
  • Keep holiday entertaining simple. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if needed.
  • Change your expectations that you have for those around you or your priorities during the holiday season if they are not reasonable this year!
  • Psalms 73:26 states: My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is my strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Have a Merry Christmas and safe holiday season! Blessings!