The festive season is a time for family, friends and loved ones, and a chance to reflect on the year that’s past. For some people though, this time of year is filled with stress and sadness. The loss of a loved one, family conflicts, job loss and illness are all major life upheavals which can leave a person feeling lost and alone.
This is why it’s so important to find ways in which to beat the Christmas blues – it can make all the difference to your holidays.
- You need to start by taking care of yourself and your health. Take time to relax and pamper yourself. Read a good book, watch a feel-good or funny movie, get outdoors for some fresh air and exercise, eat healthily and make sure you get enough sleep each night.
- Don’t be hard on yourself. It’s important to realise that certain factors, such as death, divorce or family friction, are out of your control. You need to avoid blaming yourself and make space for acceptance of yourself and your situation. It’s not about giving up hope, it’s about acknowledging circumstances as they are, and accepting what you can and can’t change.
- Involve yourself with activities and people you love. Contact and spend time with friends. If you have to be home alone for some reason, watch a favourite movie, put on your favourite music and surround yourself with some of the things you love.
- Give a little. Find some way to give of yourself to others – becoming involved in something that impacts others positively really boosts a despondent spirit.
Whatever may have happened to change your festive season, remember: you can start new and happy traditions in 2015.