Are the upcoming holidays filling you with dread? Are you feeling alone, and left out, and wishing the holidays would pass faster?
While there are many people who eagerly anticipate the holiday season, many more report spending the holidays stressed, anxious and depressed.
For some people, the holiday season conjures up feelings of warmth and spending time with loved ones, but for many others the feelings associated with the holidays include dread, loneliness and depression.
If you want to really start to enjoy the holidays this year, here are 25 tips from WebMD.
1. Keep your expectations modest. Don’t get hung up on what the holidays are supposed to be like and how you’re supposed to feel. If you’re comparing your holidays to some abstract greeting card ideal, they’ll always come up short. So don’t worry about holiday spirit and take the holidays as they come.
2. Do something different. This year, does the prospect of the usual routine fill you with holiday dread rather than holiday joy? If so, don’t surrender to it. Try something different. Have Thanksgiving at a restaurant. Spend Christmas day at the movie theater. Get your family to agree to skip gifts and instead donate the money to a charity.
3. Lean on your support system. If you’ve been depressed, you need a network of close friends and family to turn to when things get tough
Read the rest of the 25 tips here, and you too can start to feel joy during the holiday season.
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