Conquering the Holiday Blues - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/16/03

Conquering the Holiday Blues

The holidays are supposed to be happy, right? Well, yes, for most people. But for some they can be the source of depression. Let's sort out what cause the blues this time of year and what you can do about it.

Some of the causes include:

  • stress
  • fatigue
  • over-spending
  • unrealistic expectations
  • relationships

When you look at this list, the first thing that is apparent is that they are so inter-related. In one scenario you may be tired from all the shopping and stressed out from the rush and the realization that you are spending too much on those gifts for people you really don't care that much about, but you have to do it because you want Christmas to be perfect. And, often, you bring all of this on yourself.

The basis for getting yourself out of this blue haze is to set realistic expectations. You only have so much energy and money to spend.

Those 'picture perfect' holidays scenes are a form of fiction. Families don't always get along the way you wish they would and holidays often make matters worse not better.

Let go of the past. Dwelling on hurts doesn't do much good. Live in and enjoy the present.

You can only do so much and giving yourself permission to get enough sleep and to cut out some of the holiday requirements may relieve much of the stress.

Set a budget for both time and money. Try to get organized. Make many lists and get the whole family involved in the activities.

Limit the amount of alcohol you consume. Alcohol will not perk you up. It is a depressant and will only add to your problems.

Finally, reach out and do something for somebody who may need help during the holidays. Think about the real meaning of the season. It is amazing how quickly those blues disappear when we forget about ourselves and concentrate on others.

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