Sometimes seasonal depression can reach its peak during November and December. However, there are many things that you can do to cheer yourself up and fight negativity. Here are some tips for enjoying the holiday season.
Self-care is especially important when you are dealing with stressful factors, such as finding out what to get for your friends and family, making travel arrangements, and figuring out what you are going to cook if you are hosting a party. Even if you want to limit yourself on high calorie foods, you can still let yourself have some delicious snacks that you enjoy, like your favorite Christmas cookies or cocktails. If you feel like the pressure is building, try escaping for a massage at a local spa or going to get a coffee and reading a good book. Sometimes it is best to take a break and do something only for you, rather than taking care of everyone else in your life.
Wear Fun Clothing
Even putting on colorful and exciting clothing can make you feel in a much more uplifting mood. For example, if you love Christmas, you can buy an ugly Christmas sweater or holiday socks to stay warm. Onesies are also a great option to bring back the youthful excitement of the holiday season. You can purchase them in many designs, including animals like alpacas, sheep, and cats. If you want to take it a step further, have your family do a onesie day, or get matching Christmas pajamas and wear them on Christmas Eve while opening presents.
November is the month of Thanksgiving, but it can often be difficult to remember to give thanks when you are trying to cook the perfect turkey or figure out which family pie recipe to use. Try to stop for a few minutes each day and think of things that you are grateful for. You can even purchase a gratitude journal for this purpose, which is either blank or contains daily prompts for you to write down specifically what you appreciate about your life. When you look at things from a different perspective, it will often change your mindset and allow you to open up your heart and not focus on the material aspects of the holidays.
Spend Time with Family
Family is often the most loved and hated part of getting together for the holidays. However, it is still important to try and make the best out of the time that you have with those who are close to you. To avoid conflict, try doing activities that will keep everyone busy and having fun, like a game night on Christmas Eve or going ice skating. Be sure to make plans for family that is coming from out of town, so that they will not be bored while you are preparing for events or parties. Try to reach out to family members who you may have rifts with and repair the relationships, so that there is no drama at the dinner table.
Look at Christmas Lights
One of the best activities to do during the month of December is to look at Christmas lights. This is a great activity that you can do with your family. Many local blogs, websites, and social media posts often have lists of the best places in your city to view lights. You can also find neighborhoods to walk around in. Bring warm clothes, some hot cocoa or coffee, and even your family pet to enjoy an hour or two seeing the displays up close and getting exercise as well. Sometimes it is best to step away from the holiday preparation and appreciate the beauty of Christmas lights.
You do not have to worry about maintaining positivity during the holiday season. With these tips, you will be able to do everything you love, and still value your time with your family and friends before the new year begins.