A holiday is not a homogeneous concept; everyone can experience holidays differently depending on a variety of aspects like work responsibilities, caregiving duties, cultural norms, and socioeconomic status. Holidays can also be stressful for people having strengthened the sadness, grief, and stress to the extent that might impact functionality and risks the low mood becoming more chronic.
1. Self-care important
Do not ignore the feelings – like sadness, anxiety, or crying bouts – that are surfacing during the time (even if you do, they will keep getting stronger).
2. Social media assumptions
Looking at others’ happy pictures during holiday time can be very emotion-provoking. know that human has different challenges in life. Buddha’s first noble truth is that human life means suffering, which is the ultimate truth
3. Set Healthy Boundaries with family and friends
You won’t be a bad person if you don’t spend time with your family during the holidays. Take some time to yourself and sit with the feelings while reminding yourself that you don’t have to sacrifice your sanity or happiness to make others happy.
4. The Uncontrollable fixation
Sometimes our mind fixates on things that are not in our control which is very natural because anything which is not in control is a tricky event and our mind is trained to ‘solve the problem’. In such times you can remind yourself that not everything can be in your control and try to find your resources and use them effectively.
5. Practice Gratitude
Practicing gratitude might not solve the problem the way you want, but it will help you look at the aspects that are might be overviewed by you in the present Practicing gratitude can be an effective grounding technique.
6. Re-visit the past
It’s important to reflect on your past experiences, especially with a perspective on how you have overcome your previous challenges. Look at the patterns you have followed and think if you would like to change something in the way that you manage the challenge.
7. Adopt healthy coping strategies
Being a potato couch for a long period of time when you have no official. Working to be motivated during the holidays might shake the sense of purpose and build on sad feelings. In such times, ask yourself if there’s any task or feeling that you have been avoiding lately?
This blog was written under the expert guidance and feedback from Ms.Pooja Varma, Clinical Psychologist at Edited and Coordinated by Ram