Why do you need 10 ideas to chase the blues away during the holiday season? It’s a well-known fact that the holiday season bring on the blues. According to the National Mental Health Association, reasons for feeling blue during the holidays range from fatigue, financial limitations, to tensions in personal relationships.
As for me, I’m generally a happy person. I don’t dwell on things I can’t control. I have realistic expectations. I’ve learned over time and through experiences that trying to change people is futile. I’ve even come to appreciate some of my flaws.
One of my favorite mantras has helped me get to this point:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
But sometimes, melancholy finds me. Subconsciously, it creeps up seemingly out of nowhere, until I can no longer ignore it. Recently I experienced this. I had an intense couple of days of traveling to be with friend’s during their time of loss. During this time a sadness lingered. It was a sobering feeling that made me feel off-balance, not-quite-myself, and like I had lost my power.
But, I’ve learned not to let sadness take over my life or holiday season. I have had to use these skills several times in the past. It’s not easy to do at first, but, as always, a little effort goes a long way. Here are some ideas to chase the blues away during the holiday season:
- Let sadness in. It is essential to allow yourself you feel all your emotions. Cry it out. It’s cleansing, it brings a sense of relief, and it releases stress hormones that can cause severe damage to brain cells.
- Take time to pray or meditate. You could practice yoga or any solitary exercise. Retreat. Be at peace with silence and limit outside stimuli. Take a social media fast and instead, connect only in-person real-time with others.
- Share your meals. Break out a cookbook, invite a friend or two over, and make a meal from recipes you’ve never tried before.
- Remember and reach out. Recall a fond memory about someone. Contact that person and let them know you were thinking about them during this holiday season.
- Say hi to a stranger. I am usually traveling during the holiday season, so I take the time to talk to strangers I come across. Ask a safe and straightforward question and see where it leads. Be open to how easily others are willing to connect.
- Read for pleasure. Catch up on some books or your favorite blogs.
- Random acts of kindness. Perform an anonymous act of kindness. When I am in the drive-thru, I will pay for lunch for the two cars behind me.
- Watch some holiday movies. Last night I watched Home Alone and Home Alone 2 after getting home from work. It is okay to allow yourself a little veg time.
- Be a kid again. Do something silly. Let go of self-conscious feelings and be a big kid. Have a snow ball fight when it snows. Go to a holiday parade and enjoy the lights.
- Do something you wouldn’t normally do. Take yourself on a date to dinner and a movie. Taking a solo trip somewhere.
I hope these 10 ideas to chase the blues away during the holiday season are helpful for you!