It’s the most wonderful time of the year, HOLIDAY SEASON!! Family time, cozy clothes, crockpot recipes, and shopping for the best gifts. However, this can also be the most terrible time of the year.
Celebrating the holidays can be both joyous and stressful. Times are still hard. Shortages are happening everywhere. Finances are in shambles (I know mine are). And of course, seasonal depression. Let me help you out on how to prepare for the holiday season this year and for years to come.
Seasonal depression. How does seasonal depression even happen? Well for starters, there is a decrease in sunlight. This disrupts the body’s internal clock and can lead to feelings of depression. It also causes a drop in serotonin levels (Mayo Clinic). If you can, invest in a sun lamp (aka SAD lamp). You can also take vitamin D vitamins! Please note: I am not a licensed doctor or therapist. These are strictly facts from trusted resources online.
Toxic family time. This is a time for family to gather and enjoy. However, some family members are flat-out toxic and rude. When a family member asks a question that is offensive (weight, significant other, sexuality, school, etc), set a boundary. I know it is easier said than done. Setting boundaries is super important. If your family cannot respect your boundaries, take the necessary steps to remove yourself from them. Your peace and comfort are important!
Finances. Do not stress about gifts! I’m telling myself this as well. Keep in mind that we are still in a pandemic. People are still losing jobs or having shorter hours. Be courteous to yourself. There’s no need to break the bank, especially when you have more important matters to handle.
This is a season to be happy and peaceful. A season to reflect and be grateful. Don’t allow the hype of the holidays to put you in a mental and emotional rut!