The holidays are here and it’s time to enjoy food, family, football, and just kicking back for some much needed relaxation. While some people can’t wait to get started on all the festivities, others are depressed and just wish they could crawl in a hole and not come out.
For the stressed-out crowd, here are four tips to avoid holiday depression:
Don’t Neglect Exercise
I know getting everything ready for the holidays can be exhausting with buying gifts, cooking dinner, and making sure everything comes together. When you’re suffering from holiday depression, the last thing you feel like doing is exercising.
However, you can make it fun by organizing activities such as a family walk, ice skating, or playing miniature golf. You’ll not only feel better emotionally, but it’s also a great way to work off the calories from all your favorite holiday foods.
Ask for Help
Don’t try to do it all by yourself. Guests can bring a dish, kids can decorate the holiday table, and recruit a few people to help clear the dirty dishes after the meal is served.
Cut Gift Expenses
When you count up the expense of buying presents for the family, it can throw you into a financial tailspin. Instead of buying expensive store-bought gifts, make something homemade such as cookies or fudge. If you’re handy with a crochet hook, you can crochet items such as a scarf, braided necklaces, or baby flip-flops.
Many families draw names so you only have to buy for one person. You may feel you can spend a little more if you don’t have to buy for the whole group.
Schedule Time for Yourself
You’re taking care of everyone else’s needs, and you deserve some time to do the things you enjoy. Schedule some time and kick back in the hot tub, shop till you drop, read a favorite book, or take a long nap.