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Combatting the Holiday Blues

The holiday season can be such a special time, but for many, it’s a very busy and stressful time of year. The holiday blues, or feelings of sadness and stress during the holiday season, can affect many people for various reasons.

Here are some things to remember as we head into this bitter-sweet time of year.

Acknowledge Your Feelings:

  • It’s okay to feel a range of emotions during the holidays. Recognize and accept your feelings without judgment.

Set Realistic Expectations:

  • Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to create a perfect holiday experience. Set realistic expectations and focus on what you can reasonably achieve.

Plan Ahead:

  • Plan your holiday activities and schedule in advance. Knowing what to expect can help reduce stress and anxiety.

Establish Boundaries:

  • Learn to say no to extra commitments if you’re feeling overwhelmed. It’s okay to prioritize self-care and your well-being.

Connect with Others:

  • Loneliness can contribute to the holiday blues. Reach out to friends, family, or support groups. Attend social events and gatherings to foster connections.


  • Helping others can be a powerful way to lift your spirits. Consider volunteering at a local charity or community event.

Create New Traditions:

  • If old traditions are causing stress or sadness, consider creating new ones. Experiment with activities that bring joy and meaning to you.

Practice Self-Care:

  • Take care of your physical and mental health. Get enough sleep, eat well, exercise, and engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.

Limit Social Media Use:

  • Comparing your holiday experience to others on social media can contribute to negative feelings. Limit your time on social platforms and focus on your own well-being.

Seek Professional Help

  • If your holiday blues persist or become overwhelming, consider seeking help from a mental health professional. Therapy can provide valuable support and coping strategies.

Remember, it’s okay if the holiday season doesn’t feel like it used to, or as nice as you think it should. It’s essential to prioritize your mental health and well-being. If your feelings persist or worsen, don’t hesitate to reach out for support.

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