Friday, November 20, 2009
Does “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” leave you with the blues? Thoughts on how to make this holiday season less stressful and more enjoyable.
Avoid overspending, as this will only cause increased post-holiday stress when you get your bank statement. Where possible, consider giving homemade gifts. Baked goods make delicious presents and are a lot less expensive than individual store-bought gifts. They also allow you to give something of yourself in a tangible way.
Do something nice for yourself. Take a break from your shopping and make time for a bubble bath or a nice walk.
Don’t be afraid to say no. Setting limits can be difficult. But overextending yourself can leave you feeling underappreciated and resentful. It’s hard to have the “holiday spirit” when you feel that way!
If worried about not having enough, try giving to the less fortunate. This can often produce a change in our perspective.
Shop online if the mall is too stressful.
For some, the holiday season itself is always enjoyable, but the months that follow can be difficult. The winter season in some areas of the country may not end until late March or early April. Some find that their moods go down predictably during this time of year. Read Dr. Felicia K. Wong’s recent post on Seasonal Affective Disorder for tips on coping with this common form of depression.