Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season

Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season

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For many people, Christmas and the holiday season are a happy and joyous time, enriched by reuniting with family and friends. But year’s end can also be very stressful.

For a variety of reasons, many of us find ourselves alone for the holidays. If you find yourself in this position, consider what you might do to make the most of the holidays.

  • Be extra gentle with yourself. Practice self-care activities to alleviate stress.
  • Take care of yourself. Treat yourself to something special, get a manicure or pamper yourself with something you’ve been wanting.
  • Consider volunteering. Giving to others helps build connection, community and a sense of purpose. Volunteering may also alleviate stress and help us feel less absorbed in the normal stresses of daily life.
  • Create holiday traditions. The holidays are meant for each of us so be sure to celebrate the day. Think of something fun or creative – bake cookies or make homemade ornaments.
  • Make a list of all that’s good about your life. Sometimes we forget that life isn’t all bad; therefore, we should literally count our blessings. Write down as many blessings that you can no matter how small.
  • Do something fun. Watch a movie, take a walk, or play videogames.
  • Reach out to others. Remember you are not alone. Many others will be alone for the holidays so consider inviting friends or neighbors over for a potluck.
  • Limit social media. Social media is a wonderful tool but it can also Sometimes social media can make feelings of loneliness worse. Looking
  • Seek professional counseling. Remember you don’t have to go it alone.

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