Happy holidays! This year seems to have flown by. It seems like every year after my twenties, has gone by quickly. One thing I have found to be true is that while time has not slowed down, my memory of my younger self has remained. Consequently, although I am an older version of myself, the younger me is also present. This can be a less than pleasant reality, especially in the absence of loved ones that have passed away over the years. Holidays can be particularly difficult for those of us who have lost friends and family members that once shared the season with us. It is important that we remember them and take steps to avoid the holiday blues.
3 Tips to ease Holiday Blues:
- Know your limits. Stay engaged with family and friends but limit commitments to what is reasonable and fulfilling. If commitments create insurmountable stress they may need to have limits to reduce their impact. For example, a family gathering may be a source of fun or stress, decide and proceed accordingly.
- Give back. While most people focus on gift giving or receiving, one natural way to help reduce the holiday blues is to spend time volunteering to help people in need.
- Try something new. Studies show that our brain activity is enhanced when we learn a new skill or engage in a new activity. Take advantage of this holiday season and try something new (ex. start a tradition, try a new dish or play a new game).
Have a safe and happy holiday season
Dr. April Clay