4 WAYS TO BEAT THE HOLIDAY BLUES
Holiday parties are in full swing, but this time of year isn’t always full of cheer. If you’re struggling with anxiety or mild depression, heed this expert advice.
Cut back on social media It’s easy to play the comparison game when your newsfeed is filled with perfect Christmas trees and smiling families in matching PJS. Unplug as much as possible, suggests Kati Morton, LMFT, author of Are u ok? Focus on what you love about the season—like making grandma’s cookie recipe and going for walks after a fresh snowfall. Lower the bar If social gatherings tend to overwhelm you, consider going to only one party this year. (You do not have to be at every holiday function.) Or decide to spend just a certain amount of time at each party you do attend. Whatever goal you set for yourself, accomplishing it will feel good!
Take a break If you’re at a party and feel anxious or upset, step outside for 5 to 10 minutes to take in the crisp winter air. Along the same lines, don’t forget to set aside time for the people you really care about, even if it’s a night at home playing board games with your kids and drinking hot cocoa! You’ll feel more energized when the next year-end to-do comes along. Don’t fear therapy The holiday blues should fade with the New Year’s toasts. However, if things that usually delight you no longer do, or you experience changes in appetite or sleep pattern on most days over the course of two weeks, don’t be afraid to talk with a counselor or psychologist.