Fighting Seasonal Depression:
How to Find Peace in the Chaos
For some people, the month of December is a dream come true. It’s full of sales, lights, sweet music, and family get-togethers. For others, it can be a tad overwhelming. If you find yourself leaning towards the latter side of the spectrum, you’re not the only one.
So if you’re one of those that gets frantic in the checkout line, accidentally burns the ham, or simply does not love the holidays- we have good news for you!
With a few tips & tricks, you will be well on your way to keeping your mind at ease, and full of the holiday spirit.
Practice Saying No.
Trust us, it is okay to say no! Politely turning down a task or an opportunity is better than overpromising and underdelivering. Along the same line, it’s okay to ask for help! If you’re hosting a big dinner- ask someone to bring a dish! Stick to what you know you can do, and do it well. You’ll feel much more confident when inviting people into your home this way!
Know Your Limit.
When it comes to gifts, oftentimes people end up feeling like they need to buy more than they should, and don’t speak up. Chances are, your friend group and/or family is feeling the same way. So don’t be afraid to set a 10 dollar limit! Or only buy for one person. It’s much less stress on you, and everyone else.
Don’t be afraid to say, “excuse me, but…”
If a topic of conversation comes up that you are not comfortable with, or equipped to handle at that time speak up! Politely say something along the lines of, “excuse me, but I think I’m needed over in the living room”. Sometimes it’s best for everyone around if certain conversations are just dropped.
Avoid bringing up the past.
For the sake of your peace of mind, agree to let bygones be bygones for the day.
Ask Questions (but keep them neutral).
If social situations have been a challenge for you in the past, put your focus on loving those around you! Ask them what their favorite part of their job is, or what they are most looking forward to in the new year! Things like that are great, positive conversation starters.