5 Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues

If you're feeling down this holiday season, here's how to reclaim some joy.

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Posted in , Dec 10, 2015

5 ways to beat the holidays blues when you're stressed or sad.

The holidays are supposed to be the happiest time of the year. Yet for many, they are not. Personal challenges, hardship, grief, depression, anxiety and loneliness may make it difficult to be positive during times of cheer. This is true even for people of faith who know the spiritual reasons for the season.

A few reasons people experience holiday blues:

  • Loss of a spouse
  • Being away on business or in the military service
  • Family illness
  • Financial pressure when buying gifts 
  • Feeling overwhelmed by too many holiday gatherings

What causes anxiety and sadness varies from person to person, but there are things we can all do to get through these nasty blues:

1)  Connect with others in your church, community and work place. By taking a step towards seeking social support, you can avoid feeling isolated.

2)  Worship with others to refocus on the true meaning of Christmas. Let the music and message draw you closer to the Savior. When our heart is filled with His presence, it makes a difference.

3)  Help someone in need. Volunteer to wrap gifts, visit the sick or serve at a soup kitchen. When we do small things with great love, our hearts are filled with joy. Also, staying busy is a great remedy for a troubled heart.

4)  Make gifts instead of buying them; you can use your skills and manage your financial resources while fulfilling the act of giving.

5)  Talk with a counselor, pastor or friend about how you feel. Sharing our pain will not eliminate it, but can validate our emotions. And remember to include God in the conversation. He is always there to listen.

Our faith is our greatest resource. Give yourself the gift of working through your holiday blues.

Lord, turn our sadness into joy; help us to take the necessary steps to get through the challenges of the holiday season.

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