The holidays can be a blur of visiting, shopping, wrapping, and baking, and sometimes the stress of it all can lead to the holiday blues. With some reflection and planning, you can handle those holiday blues and, perhaps, even genuinely enjoy the holidays! Here are some ideas on how you can handle the holiday blues.
Start a Hobby
Try something new, something you’ve always wanted to do, or pick up an old hobby that you haven’t allowed yourself the time to enjoy. This can give you the “me” time you need. Try to optimize this time by telling others that you need to be left alone so you can focus and work.
Perhaps your new hobby will be something that also results in handmade gifts! The awesome benefits of making gifts for friends and family include:
- Less travel for shopping
- No crowds
- Less expensive (sometimes!)
Schedule ME Time
Seriously, scheduling “me” time is an important thing to do. Decide how much time you need, how often, and plan it out. Make appointments ahead of time for whatever will make you feel better and more relaxed. Whether it is mani/pedis, massages, coffee shop time, or sporting events, anything goes if it will help you avoid those holiday blues!
Purchase any gifts you are planning to buy and get them wrapped. Store them if it’s too early to put up the tree! Do your baking ahead of time and freeze cookies and candies, or prepare cookie dough and freeze it to bake later. The fewer “last minute” items you have, the more relaxed you can be.
Try to be as open with loved ones as possible. Share your feelings, whatever they are. Are you feeling anxious about an upcoming gathering? Try to explain why. Worried about gift-giving because of financial concerns? Let them know!
Ask for Help
The holidays are a time of giving, and that includes the gift of time. Do not be afraid to ask for help getting ready. Use each other’s strengths and turn holiday tasks into fun social events, like a baking or gift-wrapping party.
Help goes beyond the daily tasks of the holidays. If the holiday blues are becoming overwhelming, it is ok to ask for professional help with your mental health concerns. You can’t control the holidays, but you can control how you react to them as well as interact with others.
Contact Desert Parkway
If you need some support and live in the Las Vegas area, Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital is here to help. Contact us for more information. We have intake specialists available 24/7/365 to help assess your needs and provide treatment options. Don’t let the holiday blues control you—we can help!