Feeling depressed or anxious around the holidays or with family, isn’t unusual. Festive television shows, plans with family or seeing old friends can be joyous and bring feelings of sadness and loss at the same time. Events we are excited for can also bring up memories of disappointments, and be even more stressful for those who have experienced a loss, divorce or just be living far away from family and friends.
If you’re feeling down, instead of trying to beat the blues:
- Don’t resist your feelings. Acknowledge them and give them the time and attention they deserve. Once you allow those feelings to surface, you make room for joy.
- Feel what you feel, even if it’s uncomfortable. Allowing yourself to feel bad for a short time can be the key to feeling better.
- It’s okay not to feel positive or upbeat all the time. If you numb sadness, you also numb happiness and joy. No feeling lasts forever. Keep processing them and use healthy coping strategies for a full and meaningful life.
Let It Go! Dissolve stress and negative emotions
Live in the moment, not the past. Don’t worry about things that have not yet happened.
Forgive. Let go of past hurts.
Be Kind. Daily acts of compassion toward animals or people are healing.
“Don’t be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts.” Hopi