So it’s that time of year when everyone is jolly and merry. But not you. You are probably experiencing the Christmas blues. It is common for some people to not be in the mood for all the holiday excitement.
Don’t worry, you are not alone. Much of the sadness felt around the holidays are due to financial worries (how can you buy presents for everyone on your limited budget), missing loved ones and just overall fatigue. Sometimes you just don’t want to be bothered.
There’s no need to destroy the holiday decorations or hurl snowballs at holiday carolers. You just need to be honest with yourself about what you can and cannot do during the holiday season. If you don’t have an abundance of money to spend on gifts, don’t sweat it. Remember, it’s the thought that counts, not the amount of money spent. Handmade gifts will not only make the recipient feel special (since you took the time to make it with your own hands), they won’t blow your budget out of the water.
Another good way to combat the blues is to do something nice for someone else. Try volunteering at a local food bank or wrapping presents for children. It will take the focus off you and put it on someone who has less than you or is experiencing a difficult time this holiday season. You’ll be helping others and giving the holiday season meaning. It is the season of giving after all.
Most importantly, make some time to be by yourself. Not everyone enjoys the hustle and bustle of holiday parties and gatherings. Take the opportunity to relax, unwind and recharge your batteries. Just enjoy the present and understand the past is in the past. It’s the little things that make the holidays special. So enjoy being with family and friends with no pressure or expectations.