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Holiday Blues

30 Nov 2022 | Lt. Bradford Moore Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” – Andy Williams

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer somebody else up.” – Mark Twain

This is a special time of the year for many, but not for all.  The “Holiday Blues” is a real thing that has been defined as temporary feelings of anxiety or depression during the holidays that can be associated with extra stress and unrealistic expectations that accompany the season.  In addition, the holiday blues may arise from grief we feel for missing loved ones.  Some tips to combat the holiday blues include:

  • Give yourself permission to take care of yourself, but don’t isolate yourself.
  • Share your thoughts and feelings in a journal and/or with a friend.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat and drink in moderation (with nutrition in mind).
  • Set a budget and don’t over-extend yourself buying presents.
  • Listen to music, read a book, or find other heathy ways to relax.
  • Practice your faith tradition, both by yourself and with others.

Regardless of whether or not you are excited about this time of year, try to keep in mind the words of Frederick Koenig who once said, “Happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” 

We all have many things to be thankful for.  However, sometimes we have to be intentional about taking the time to stop and smell the coffee, savor the hot chocolate, and appreciate the electricity and indoor plumbing that we have been blessed with. 

Ultimately, I hope you have a happy, or at least survivable, holiday season.  God bless!

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