5 Ways To Fight Depression During The Holidays

Hi Y’all! Hope your holidays have been festive and full of joy. Although the holidays can be a very fun time. It can also be a stressful time or a sad time for some of us. Lately, I just haven’t been feeling it. I have been tirelessly working, so I can pay bills and still have money for gifts, but it is draining.I

love Christmas, but it is not only stressful, it also reminds me of my loved ones that aren’t here anymore, and this makes me sad. I hate to be such a bummer during the holidays, but just being real here. I am not always sad, I have my moments where I am unbelievably happy because let’s face it, the holidays are awesome! But, when I am not feeling it, as has been the case for a few days now, there are a few things I think about and do to turn my mood around.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a medical professional. These are just fun things I do to unwind and self care. Talk to your doctor if you feel that these things don’t work. Depression is real and there is help.

And here they are…

1. Take a break..

Take a break from whatever it is that isn’t making you happy. Lately, I have taken a break from social media like Instagram and Twitter because it just wasn’t making me happy.  At this very moment, I am taking a break from working and writing a blog post because it is making me happy to write for fun instead of for money. So whatever it is that you are doing currently that isn’t making you happy, let it go and take a break for a few moments or a few days if possible.

2. Sit down and talk…

When I am feeling down, I turn to my spouse. I tell him exactly what I am feeling and why I am feeling it. Guess what he does?! He tells me all the reasons why I shouldn’t feel that way. If I am feeling like a failure, he reminds me of my accomplishments. If I feel ugly, he reminds me why he fell in love with me. So pick someone who will do the same for you. A boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, parent, brother, sister, or best friend…and talk to them. Venting is the best thing you can do.

3. Get dressed up..

I don’t know about you, but when I am in a down mood, and I am also not looking my best, it just makes me feel worse. Getting all dressed up in even your best casual outfit, can make anyone feel ten times better than if you are feeling down with your hair in a mess. I don’t know what it is, but looking my best makes me feel my best, always!

4. Enjoy some quiet time..

When I am super stressed our just feeling down, something that really helps me is some me time. Some quiet time is awesome! You could meditate, take a walk outside, take a bath, read a book, or write. These are all great ways to let go of some steam or take your mind off of whatever it is that is bringing you down. I personally sometimes just take some time to organize one room in my home, without any distractions, and without my phone. This makes me feel accomplished and surprisingly a cluttered space can cause more chaos than one would think.

5. Smile..

Just SMILE…….there you go…..smile. See..I bet you just did it and it made you feel 100 times better. Sometimes, our mood is dependent on ones self. I truly believe if we want to be happy, we can! So no matter what is going on, no matter how stressful the holidays seem, no matter what is going on in our life, let it go and be thankful for life! We are alive and can still do great things no matter what barriers we are facing.

I really hope these 5 things help you beat those holiday blues. These five things actually help me year round. If you have something else to add, leave it in the comments.

How do you cheer yourself up when you feel down?

Until next time friends, take care and happy holidays!

❤Jen❤

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