It’s the holiday season. For some of us, we love everything about it. We love the shopping, decorating, cooking, eating, parties, gatherings and conversations. For some of us, we dread all or part of it. We find the shopping blowing our budgets and the wish lists of loved ones overwhelming. We find the decorating makes us sad for a variety of reasons. We despise the cooking as there’s always too many leftovers and picky eaters. We find buying new clothes to wear to a party another hit to the budget and scheduling the parties and gatherings alone gets stressful. Then, there’s the conversations where we try to discuss only politically correct topics so we’re certain not to offend anyone. Then there’s those of us who are missing someone who is no longer around. Some of us also don’t handle chaos, noise and crowds and some of us thrive with a more the merrier and the louder the better attitude. No wonder some of us experience holiday blues from time to time.
What are holiday blues? In this case, the term holiday blues refers to the mild and occasional feeling some of us experience. Sometimes there’s little things we can do to help ourselves or our loved ones enduring the holiday blues to feel better.
Tips for helping yourself or a loved one through the Holiday Blues:
- Change your expectations – create your own holiday based on current needs and wants. Don’t try to duplicate what you knew in the past if it isn’t working for you today.
- Only do what you know you can do without stressing yourself out. Instead of hosting a traditional Christmas dinner, change it to a potluck or make a themed meal that you are more comfortable putting together.
- It’s okay to say no. If you receive too many invitations, select the ones that are most important and rewarding to you and your family. If you don’t receive any invitations, look for community events that you can attend, look up an old friend or colleague or relative, as there is a lot more people experiencing loneliness than just you in this social media world where we lack togetherness.
- Stick to a budget. If you cannot afford to participate in the gift exchange, talk to the organizer and remove yourself or make other suggestions such as an ornament exchange, a cookie exchange, or a gift that you discovered at a garage sale, flea market or thrift store. Have a movie night instead of a gift exchange.
- Wash you car. You may even want to have it detailed! Driving a clean car can help you feel better.
- Go for a drive at night and enjoy looking at the Christmas lights. Pack a thermos of wassail or hot chocolate.
- Get enough rest.
Whatever you do, just jump in and start enjoying these activities. They may just help beat the holiday blues and help usher in the Christmas spirit.Remember what the Grinch learned: “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more”.Tis the season for crowds, malls and chaos. Tis the season for challenges, merriness and celebrations.Wetzone Car Wash is here to help you keep your car looking its best inside and out. We have many different programs available to fit your lifestyle. We also have Gift Cards available to make gift giving easy, convenient and practical. You get to select the amount of each gift card you purchase.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!