Most of us think the Holidays bring joy to all… that is what the Christmas carols and TV ads tell us, right?
Unfortunately, many people struggle this time of year due to loss of loved ones, stress of expectations, or family members who are at odds. Others find themselves overindulging and giving into the hustle and bustle of it all to then find that fatigue sets in causing a lack of motivation and little joy to be found. Finally, as if that wasn’t enough, the days are shorter, we are away from family, and our daily routines are nonexistent!
If you find yourself not feeling oh so joyful, here are five things you can do for yourself and five things you can do to support someone who may struggle this time of year.
Things to do for you:
- Start a new tradition – you may have an image of what the holidays should look like, but instead of holding onto what they should be, let new traditions unfold – be open and present and enjoy!
- Learn to say “NO!” – do not take on more responsibilities than you can handle, (leading to emotional breakdowns) learn to take time for yourself – you can’t take care of others if you can’t take care of you!
- Be realistic with your expectations- pace yourself, prioritize the important activities, set a budget and stick to it.
- Practice self-care – get daily exercise, make sure you are getting proper rest and eating your fruits and veggies, and drinking plenty of water.
- Give back – seek out local charities and donate your time, treasure, or talent to them.
Things to do for others:
- Send hand written notes with words of encouragement!
- Invite others for an outing – coffee, exercise, or looking at the lights.
- Be available to listen and just be present.
- Share holiday traditions – spend some time telling stories of past holidays you enjoyed.
- Recommend professional help – if you feel it is more than the holiday blues, be ready to suggest some formal supports, as always, CrossWinds is here for you and your loved ones!
If you are ready to make an appointment, call us at 620-343-2211 or request an appointment through our website!
Clarice Podrebarac, M.S., L.P.C.
Marketing and Outreach Director