Christmas seems to come around more quickly every year. Like many people, you’ve probable spent weeks preparing for the most stressful day of the year. All that stress and worry for a day that comes and goes before you know it!
Everyone around you is hyped up, ready to enjoy the holiday festivities, but for you, the stress is beginning to build.
For many people, the holidays can feel like a huge disappointment. You’ve spent so long preparing, that the actual event can never reach your expectations.
So, if this is you, maybe one of the following ideas can help to brighten your day:
Manage your holiday expectations.
Recognise that with all the commercialism surrounding the big day nowadays, no one can ever meet the illusory success of a ‘TV’ Christmas.
Christmas should be a time for being with friends and family, enjoying the time together and giving thanks. It shouldn’t be a time for beating yourself up, because your gifts don’t always match up to what’s ‘expected’ by the media.
All that happens, when you think “I should have done better”, is you begin the dangerous spiral into disappointment and depression.
Spend this Christmas remembering that the best gift is the fact that you are here to enjoy it! Forget about the “should have” and “if only” thoughts and concentrate instead on noticing every good thing around you.
Let yourself off the hook and enjoy the celebrations. Your loved ones will want you to be happy.
Surround yourself with happy people.
Happiness really is contagious. Being around happy people makes us feel happy…. honest, it’s a scientific fact.
If you start to feel down, go visit a friend or call someone that always makes you smile. What? You don’t have any friends that make you smile? Well, in that case, go watch a comedy show on TV, or go see something funny at the movies. Whatever it takes, just go do it, you deserve it!
Make someone else happy.
If you’re feeling lonely or isolated, why not volunteer to help out at a food bank, or your local church, etc. By volunteering to help organisations who help people who aren’t as fortunate, you not only make their clients’ Christmas more enjoyable but it’s a great way to focus outside yourself, and give you a huge gratitude boost.
Remember that all things pass.
Nothing lasts forever. Even your low times will pass, so be patient and trust that happiness and fun will return. You may wake up feeling down, but follow the steps above, give the day a chance and be thankful.
Make a decision to be happy. Spend time with happy people, help others and be thankful for everything you have.
Have a wonderful and fulfilling Holiday! 🙂
Do you have any tips for enjoying the holidays? Share the love and let us know in the comments 🙂