Winter holidays are usually preceded by stressful activities as people have to complete work tasks and make it in time to decorate their houses for the Christmas holiday. Our highlight for Christmas 2015: 5 steps to keep Christmas blues away.
All people can become victims of the Christmas depression to some extent. For some, it may come under the form of immense pressure. For others, symptoms may be stronger with lots of variations from negative feelings to suicide thoughts. Unless you are dealing with severe forms of depression, which require medical expertise, there are 5 steps you can take to keep Christmas blues away this year.
- Learn to delegate
Most of the stress around Christmas holidays usually stems from the large amounts of activities that people have to carry out. Buying presents, setting the Christmas tree, preparing food for the Christmas dinner… these are all burdensome activities that cannot be carried out by one single person. Asking for help from family members and friends can be a life saver. They may not be able to help you, but it is important that you first let them know you need their help.
- Get rid of unnecessary tasks
Before you start your annual holiday preparations, stop and think for a while: are all these efforts called for? There are many ways to enjoy Christmas and they need not all be about Christmas light installation, turkey stuffing and latest Christmas gifts. Cutting some of these tasks from your to-do list will help you remain uplifted and avoid depressive thoughts.
- Stop worrying about money
Most people get depressed during this time of the year because they are short on money. One must understand that Christmas is not about expensive gifts or large social gatherings. So, this year, try to make a shorter list of Christmas gifts and try to focus more on the spiritual things you and your friends can do for one another. You will have a wonderful time together and you will finally get to know each other.
- Stay in good company
Some people are just born Grinches. They hate Christmas and they often hate everything that is socially accepted, whether it is weddings or work gatherings. Their choices can make you pessimistic, especially if you want to be a part of the celebratory group. Try to surround yourself by happy people and to listen to good music, instead of focusing only on why Christmas is bad.
- Eat less, go out more
You’re probably not aware of it, but the hefty Christmas menu can have a negative impact on your state of mind. We tend to spend too much time indoor during the Christmas season and the lack of physical exercise brings us down, especially if you are an active person. The best solution would be to combine the two and two together: play winter sports and build snowmen until dinner is ready. Your appetite will be bigger, but you won’t put extra pounds on.
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