As much as you look forward to the joy of the holiday season, this time of year can become overwhelming with feelings of pressure, disappointment or unhappiness. Below are two more coping mechanisms that will help you survive the holiday blues.
Limit your spending and de-commercialize the holidays.
Going into debt for gifts at holiday time causes anxiety and frustration. Focus on the true meaning of the season. Make homemade gifts or foods and wrap in festive wrapping and give money saved to charity. Ideas: wreaths, applesauce, jellies, bird feeders, cookies, breads, inspiring quotes placed in frames, beaded jewelry, etc.
Enjoy holiday activities that are free!
Drive around and look at all the holiday decorations, go window-shopping without buying anything, or attend holiday concerts and plays.