Five Tips for Coping With Holiday Season Depression and Stress
Christmas blues are a real thing, and the holiday season is known for causing depression and stress. With all the joy and family cheer that surrounds this special time of year, many find it challenging to keep up and fit in.
Navigating through the holiday season does not have to be hard. Here are five effective tips for coping with holiday season depression and stress.
1) Have a Plan:
If you know that there will be a lot of stress connected to Christmas, devise a schedule for yourself before the season starts. Think about what you need to do and when you need to do it. If it's too overwhelming, it’s time to scale back.
2) Stay Patient and Calm
Patience is your best friend during the stress-filled holiday season. It will help you embrace change and not fight against it.
3) Dial Down Expectations:
The holidays do not have to be perfect. Setting high expectations creates a pressure-filled holiday season. Try to set realistic expectations for yourself and remember to enjoy the time with loved ones.
4) Give Yourself Space:
It is very easy to over-commit during the holidays. Ask yourself what is most important to you. If it does not bring you joy, let go of it.
5) Seek Professional Counselling:
Sometimes we need a trained professional to help us sort out our feelings. If the season is so stressful that you are feeling overwhelmingly depressed or anxious, please reach out to Horizon Counselling. We can help you navigate the holiday blues and reduce stress and anxiety.
Horizon Counselling, based in southern British Columbia, offers counselling and therapy for those suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, and addictions. If you have any questions about this article or would like to schedule an appointment for counselling, please call us at (778) 869-3379.