In a “perfect world”, Christmas is the most joyous time of the year. It’s a time to buy and give gifts, trinkets and special foods. It’s also a time to celebrate the season with family and friends. In the real world, however, money woes, relationship problems, or just being miles away from loved ones can bring on a feeling of sadness. If you have this problem during this season, learn some handy tips on how to overcome the holiday blues.
Christmas Eve Deadline
Santa and his elves may be able to work in overdrive to beat their Christmas Eve deadline, but you, a mortal being, have your limits. We’re busy enough with our every day lives. Add holiday preparations on top of that, and you’re bound to feel stressed out and tired. The next thing you know, you’re too exhausted to care, and you have a bad case of the holiday blues.
Do yourself a huge favor, and save the best give for you. Give your self plenty of rest and relaxation. Don’t wear yourself thin by trying to do too many things at once. You’re only one person and there are only twenty-four hours in a day.
Take care of yourself. Get enough sleep, eat balanced meals, take your vitamins and get plenty of fresh air and exercise. And don’t overdo it with the goodies. It’s okay to eat a little more and enjoy some of the treats of the season. But don’t go overboard, or you’ll regret it later when you get on the scales.
Here’s another tip on how to overcome the holiday blues: don’t set your sights too high. Keep the Christmas season all in prospective. That means, accept what will be and don’t try to make everything perfect. We don’t live in a perfect world, remember? Make your plans and do your best as time and money permit. Don’t be afraid to say “No” when you’re plate is already full and you’re asked to do yet one more task.
And, as far as your finances are concerned, decide how much money you can afford to spend, and stick to that budget. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you have to spend a fortune to make Christmas special. It’s not the money that counts. Jesus is the true reason for the season.
Allow yourself to reflect on the past year, but don’t dwell on the negatives. Don’t obsess about all of the bad things that may have happened. Instead, count your blessings and thank God for each one. Overcome the holiday blues by living for today and looking towards the future. Then, instead of worrying, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the holiday season.