How Stay Mentally Healthy During the Christmas Season
While the Christmas season is a joyous event, there are some who feel that the holiday season reminds them of their lost loved ones and financial difficulties. With most people experiencing life’s squabbles, problems at work and busy schedules, it is easy to feel downcast during the holiday season. Although these things can be unavoidable, it is important that you always keep reminding yourself that there is more to Christmas than the stress that it can induce. Thus, instead of experiencing depression and anxiety during this merry holiday, there are ways for you to be able to enjoy Christmas and stay mentally healthy.
Embrace Christmas and Change Your Mindset
Some people think that Christmas is a terrible holiday. With people smiling and giving good wishes to everyone, it is very easy for those who are down in spirit to feel depressed. The first thing that you need to do is to change your mindset about Christmas. Do something proactive that will get you into the good spirit of the holidays. For instance, if you think that nobody remembers you during the Christmas holidays, then it is time that you send out Christmas cards or e-cards this year. With the many friends that you have sent Christmas cards to, sometimes people will reciprocate your gesture.
Always Keep Yourself Occupied
Another important tip to keep your mind from wandering into negative thoughts is to keep your mind busy. For instance, if the reason why you feel depressed during Christmas is that you cannot afford to buy gifts for your loved ones, then it is time to use some of your energy to make personalized Christmas gifts. You can paint your loved ones a picture or make other homemade and heartfelt gifts. I made a Pinterest board just for DIY Gifts that will give you some ideas.
One more way to keep occupied and connect with people is to serve your community. A lot of non-profit organizations and churches serve a Christmas meal for the homeless. Many people volunteer their time to help serve on Christmas. Here is a directory of homeless/churches in the US: homelessshelterdirectory.org / churchangel.com
It never hurts to call around to churches and non-profit organization, and ask if you could help.
Talk To Someone
It is very important that you always talk with someone especially if you are feeling really low during the holiday season. If you are ever having thoughts of wanting to end your life, call 800-273-TALK (8255). A lot of people are now calling these free hotlines to talk to people when needed. They also have a prayer hotline that you can call and request prayer. Click here for a list of hotline and prayer lines.
The Christmas season is all about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ who loves YOU. It is not about commercial things, but about living the virtues of Christ. Although having problems during the Christmas holiday is unavoidable, remember the passage from John 3:16 (KJV) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”