Well, it's that time of year again.
The smell of pumpkin spice is in the air, sappy movies have us wondering why we can't find our lover to kiss under the mistletoe, and the family debate has begun on where everyone will be getting together to open presents.
The holidays have clearly crept up on us yet again. December is known to be a time for giving gifts, throwing parties, and visiting family.
It is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, right?
Then why do so many of us dread this season and the blues it brings with it?
These reasons may be a few of the culprits.
1) Social Media
Chances are pretty good that you were scrolling through your timeline looking at how happy everyone was for the holidays when you came across this article.
As it stands, we already spend entirely too much time on social media comparing ourselves to others.
We think things like, "How come I don't look like that?" or "Why do they always get to travel?" It seems like everybody is living their best life except for us.
Here is a little secret for you; we are all struggling in one way or another.
Social media is not reality and should not be taken as such. Filters and throw-back-Thursday posts have us believing things that are simply not true.
Remedy: Take a break from social media this holiday season and the social anxiety that is attached to it. Do your best to be aware of the positives that you have surrounding you.
Turn the phone off and take time to enjoy a walk, a meal, or a conversation with friends without any interruption.
2) Work is Stressing You Out
As January 1st nears, the deadlines begin to pile up. This, that, these, and those all need to be completed before you have any chance at enjoying the holidays.
The problem is there just isn't enough time to finish it all. Yes, you may be getting a couple of days off for Christmas, but that equals less time to complete the work before it is due.
Also, don't forget about all the shopping, decorating, cooking, and cleaning that must be done before the family gets together.
Me too. It's okay. Take a deep breath... Sip your coffee... And continue reading below for some helpful hints to make it through this holiday season.
Remedy: Realize you're not going through these feelings alone. The holidays are a stressful time for many people.
Try to focus your time and energy on what is essential and let the rest go.
Below are a couple of articles from curiosity.com that will help you increase your productivity.
3) The Pressures of Gift Giving
Giving out gifts is one of the best feelings the holidays can provide.
Seeing that smile as they tear open the wrapping brings warmth to our hearts that cannot be replaced.
Yet somewhere in the back of our mind, we are already calculating how much we are going to have to budget come January because of the financial deficit the presents have put us in.
The struggle is real.
Remedy: It's cliché but true. It is the thought that goes into a gift that counts.
Instead of buying an expensive present, take an hour or two to make something for your loved ones.
This will not only save a bunch of money this holiday season, but the effort will be clearly visible to those who receive their gifts.
4) Something or Someone is Missing
Humans are creatures of habit. We enjoy familiarity and avoid unfamiliar situations or circumstances. When a routine is changed, it can bring up feelings of anxiety or sadness.
It's likely that you've spent your holidays in the same way for many years. However, this year is different.
A move away from home or perhaps (we hope not) the recent loss of someone close to you may have dampened your spirits.
Remedy: Understand that these feelings are natural. Sadness or grief are expected reactions to these circumstances.
However, that doesn't mean you have to face these feelings alone. Reach out to others around you whether it be friends, family, or the community.
They can offer you much needed support and companionship.
All the Neuromend staff would like to wish you a happy holiday. We sincerely hope that none of you end up suffering from the blues this season, but if you do, know that we are here to help. There are many ways to get in touch with us. You can click on the link below or check out our contact page for more options.