Winter & Holiday Blues
By Ava Tarantino, Marketing Intern
At this time of year there are so many holidays and traditions to celebrate with the people you love. It's the most wonderful time and the happiest season of all for everyone, right?
The reality is that many people tend to feel lonely and isolated during this time of year and you may notice it more in yourself or your friends and neighbors. Even the wisest, happiest people can experience these feelings; it's normal to experience them. Especially since family, friends, and tradition play such a big role this time each year.
It's important to remember what this holiday season is about and who it's about: the people you love. You should take some time for yourself or offer a hand to someone who may be feeling lonely this season. Here are a few tips that can help you or a loved one.
Get out and about. Ask family and friends for help traveling to parties and events or invite family and friends over. Take a walk in the morning before starting your day or in the evening to wind down your day. Being active helps beat the blues.
Volunteer. Helping other people is a great way to help yourself feel better. Plus, you will be making a difference this holiday season.
Talk to someone. Don't underestimate the power of friends, family, mentors, and neighbors. Talk about your feelings; it can help you understand why you feel the way you do. A simple phone call, chat over coffee, or a nice e-mail or letter can brighten your mood.
Listen. Even if a neighbor or loved one is being negative, it's important to offer an ear. They could be mourning the loss of a loved one, but don't jump to conclusions that they are just wining and suggest they just snap out of it. Empathy goes a long way, so try to be understanding and put yourself in their shoes.
Make them feel welcomed. Remind them they are an important part of the celebration. It's important, since they feel lonely, to show them just how loved they are by everyone. They might be hiding their tiredness and stressfulness and it can be tough.
Remind them what they've taught you. Knowing you've taught a valuable lesson to someone can touch a person's heart. Talk to your loved one or neighbor and remind them of something special they've taught you.
Decorate their home with them. Find time to help them decorate for the holidays. Start a new tradition that you can carry on through the years.
Invite them and their friends to a party. The more the merrier! Your loved ones would enjoy the company and there's also a chance one of their friends could be feeling the same way.
Each person is important in their own special way. Taking time to make sure your friends, neighbors, and family know they're being thought of this holiday season is so important. Taking time to make sure you are being taken care of is so important, too. Following the tips above can help everyone spread holiday cheer.