How To Beat The Holiday Blues
Everyone is happy at holiday time — right? Wrong.
Truth be told, many people feel lonely, sad, anxious, and depressed at this time of year.
Here are some ways for you to effectively beat those holiday blues:
UNderstand that it is ok to feel sad
The difference between how you actually feel, and what you think you should feel can cause guilt and confusion. This can start you off on the wrong foot, even before the festivities begin. Remember that behind almost every picture perfect holiday card there are struggles often not shared.
Cold and dark weather can make us drowsy, and discourage us from being physically active. A lack of energy can be a drain on your mood so it is important to engage in exercise or other physical activities that release endorphins, and boost your energy levels.
Help Someone Else
It’s hard to feel down while you are busy helping someone else. There are several volunteer opportunities on base such as Youth Sports, the chapel, and the American Red Cross.
Stay Busy and Avoid Unstructured Time
If you know the holidays are difficult for you, why not plan ahead and minimize your difficult feelings. Try to fill your calendar with fun events.
Create New Traditions
There are no hard rules for what your holiday should look like. If you’re worried that repeating an old tradition will make you sad, reinvent it for the present.