Why do people have a difficult time during the holidays?



Watching all the commercials and seeing everyone being happy it’s easy for people to assume they are the only ones that aren’t enjoying the holiday. But sometimes holidays mean a visit from the ghosts of traumas past . Don’t worry, you are not alone. Here are 11 ways to cope during the most “wonderful” time of the year.
  1. Stay realistic, everybody has a crazy uncle, there are no Hallmark families.
  2. Find the positives that you have enjoyed throughout the year. Christmas is only one day
  3. Meditate on the true meaning of Christmas. It’s really about our Savior. Focus on your blessings.
  4. Take advantage of holiday activities even if you have to go alone.
  5. Take in a holiday movie.
  6. Enjoy winter activities like skiing, ice skating, snow days, or read by the fire with hot cocoa.
  7. You don’t have to cook everything. Purchase side dishes and desserts.
  8. Reach out to your neighbors with some homemade cookies or bread.
  9. Maintain physical activity, it affects the mood.
  10. Go somewhere. If you don’t have a healthy family to visit then go on a trip.
  11. Seek counsel if you feel yourself slipping into depression. A couple of sessions can help you refocus.
Pete Thompson Christian Counseling offers both in-office and online services.

Call 940-218-0999 for more information.

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