5. Spend some time with yourself
The best thing to do at Christmas is to show some love and kindness to yourself. Instead of judging or criticizing yourself, practice self-love. Make time for yourself and enjoy some downtime. Take some time off to read a book, watch a movie, listen to some music, cook a tasty meal for yourself or do whatever you find relaxing. Self-love can heal the deepest emotional wounds.
6. Set aside grievances
“The best present on Christmas is spending some good time with family, realizing the importance of love, sharing things that give you real joy. Christmas is the time to enjoy, so have fun with your family.” – Anonymous
All of us face issues with our families and this can lead to a lot of deep emotional wounds. But Christmas is a time to set aside differences and build better bonds with family and friends. Accept your family members as they are, even if they have disappointed you. Be compassionate and understanding with your family and show empathy if they get upset. Once you learn to use the holidays as an opportunity to build stronger connections with your family, you’ll feel a lot less stressed. Know this: family matters.
7. Reach out
“Sharing our depressions felt like having survived a war. The experience bonds you to the other person for life.” – Art Buchwald
If you feel really isolated or lonely, it can be a great idea to attend religious, community or social events. You can find the necessary companionship and support there, especially on Christmas. Another excellent way to boost your mood is to volunteer and help others in need. This will not only lift your spirits but help you make some new friends as well.
8. Overindulgence is a bad idea
Although Christmas is perhaps the best time to indulge, but treating yourself to whatever your heart desires, despite how tempting it is, can actually be bad for your mental and emotional health.
Consuming too much caffeine or sugar-rich food can make you peak and crash in a short period of time. This can severely affect your mindset, motivation, and mood. Overindulgence is a terrible idea during the festive season, especially when you are already trying to cope with the Christmas holiday depression.
9. Say ‘No’ when you want to
You don’t have to say yes or agree to everything. Saying yes even when you don’t want to, will make you feel overwhelmed, distressed and resentful. Your family, friends, and coworkers will understand if you politely refuse any invitation to participate in any activity or attend an event. Do what you really want and utilize your time the best you can instead of pleasing others.
10. Be mindful
“ Mindfulness is life. Whenever we don’t have mindfulness, when we are heedless, it’s as if we are dead.” – Ajahn Chah
Practising mindfulness meditation for only 10 minutes every day is one of the best ways to deal with anxiety and holiday depression. Sit in a calm and quiet place with no distractions and take deep, slow breaths. Bring your awareness to your breath and observe your thoughts without indulging in them or judging them. Mindfulness is an effective way to find some inner peace and live in the present moment.
11. Stay active
“Keep yourself busy if you want to avoid depression. For me, inactivity is the enemy.” – Matt Lucas
Christmas anxiety can make you feel like spending the holidays in your pajamas binge-watching Christmas movies online. But you need to look after your physical health just as much as you need to care about your mental and emotional health.
Go for a walk or a run, hit the gym, take a trip to your local Zumba class or yoga studio or just dance to some jazzy beats in your room. Studies published by The Lancet Psychiatry reveal that only 2 hours of physical exercise per week can lead to better mental health.