Not Feeling Very Merry Before the Holidays? 4 Self Help Strategies! —

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Feeling down before the holiday? Here are 4 effective strategies to help you get back to feeling merry!

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The holiday season is the time of festive cheer and goodwill to all… But for many of us, it’s extremely hard to get into the festive spirit. While many glean colossal enjoyment from the holiday season, there are some of us for whom it brings little or no joy.

Perhaps the holiday season is a time that we associate with past sadness or trauma which is exacerbated by the feeling that we’re obliged to put on a happy face for the holidays.

For others, the season itself is part of the problem. A lot of us suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) around this time of year. Even if everything in our lives is going very well, this can dull our sense of enjoyment in the season. It can mute the colors on the Christmas tree, it can rob us of our energy and drive, and it can make even the simplest of tasks seem like a grueling chore.

Whatever the reason, if you’re feeling down before the holiday, you have the power to turn things around. There are a number of strategies you can use to transcend your sadness, boost your mood and get the feeling of enjoyment and fulfillment that you deserve.

 

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Talk to someone

 

Very often, simply talking about your problems can be extremely therapeutic. It can afford you a sense of perspective on your problems and worries as well as helping them seem more manageable, easing the pressure they put on your psyche.

For this reason, while you should certainly consider talking to a mental health professional if you are seriously depressed, sometimes talking to friends or family can be therapeutic and helpful. Even if they aren’t able to give you actionable solutions to your problems, it can feel better to get them off your chest.

If you’re really not feeling up to human contact, at least consider employing some CBT strategies to help you to catch and deconstruct unhelpful thoughts. 

 

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Get out of the house as much as you can

 

Your home can be a great refuge from your problems. Sometimes it can be therapeutic being able to close the door on the outside world and all its problems and relax and unwind in the one place in the world where you can truly be yourself.

However, when we spend too long indoors this can have a range of adverse effects on our mood. It can exacerbate depression, anxiety, and even insomnia. Even if you don’t feel up to interacting with other people, sometimes the simple act of going outside and being among people, plants, trees, and animals can be therapeutic in and of itself. Pick up a book, sit in a cafe and people watch. It’s a much healthier and more enjoyable than sheltering under a duvet scrolling through your Netflix watch list.

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Let the light in!

 

One of the primary contributors to SAD is the absence of natural light and all of its inherent mental health benefits. During daylight hours you should take steps to ensure that your home gets as much natural light as possible. Whether this means replacing your dowdy old windows with brand spanking new replacements from Renewal by Anderson windows or simply opening up your drapes to let sunlight flood in. A brighter mood starts with a brighter home.

Outside of daylight hours, consider investing in a light box. This is a synthetic approximation of natural light and can be very therapeutic and make up for the light we miss out on during the winter months.

 

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Eat right, no matter how tempting it is not to

 

When the weather grows colder, we feel a sudden and powerful urge to wrap ourselves in a duvet, order a pizza, and immerse ourselves in a deer, deep jar of M&Ms. While this is understandable (perhaps a hibernation instinct from our cavewoman days), it’s not terribly helpful in maintaining our mental wellbeing.

A healthy mind requires a healthy brain, and the surest way to a healthy brain is drinking lots of water and eating a healthy diet. Very often, piling your plate with these mood boosting foods can make a huge difference to your mental state. Let’s not forget that self care starts with self love, and the best way to be kind to yourself is with delicious and nutritious brain healthy food!

 

This can be a difficult time of year for many of us, but with the right strategies we can make the most of this wonderful time of year and chase the blues away!

 

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Feeling less than merry before the holidays isn't really that uncommon. Especially with everything we've got on our shoulders as moms. Try these 4 self help + self care strategies if you're feeling a bit depression during leading up to the holidays and Christmas. #depression #SAD #selfcare #momlife #moms