A patient recently told me that Christmas music actually makes her sad—and she’s embarrassed to feel like a Grinch. If you can relate, you’re not alone.
The holiday season can be filled with joy. But for many, it’s a time of loneliness, reflection on past failures and anxiety. Many factors cause the holiday blues, and the extra activities can actually add to the stress.
Spending time with supportive people can help you cope. So can serving others through volunteering. Also, use the approaching new year as a time to set new goals and look toward the future. Stop looking in the rear view mirror.
If you have the Christmas blues, take positive steps to sing a different tune. And don’t make things worse by shaming yourself for the way you feel. Give yourself the gifts of grace and forgiveness.
Here are some of my other blogs on the topic:
- How to prevent holiday depression and stress
- Holiday Depression And Stress
- Families can find joy in pared-down, simpler holidays
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