During the holiday season, do you feel...
Lack of time?
Stressed about gift giving and family gatherings?
If so, you're not alone. According to the American Psychological Association, 38% of people surveyed said their stress increased during the holiday season. This, along with a lack of sunlight during winter, can lead to depression and anxiety.
It's important to acknowledge your feelings and know that they can change with a few strategies to help you feel better.
Identify Your Reasons
Acknowledge your feelings and identify where they're coming from.
A feeling of loneliness?
Buying gifts on a tight budget?
Feeling Of Loneliness
Take steps to feel less isolated during the holiday season.
Take a break from social media — too much time on social media can make you feel more isolated
Start a new holiday tradition — go to a movie, spend time with friends or volunteer
Call your loved ones if you can't be with them on the holidays
Make a list of everything you're grateful for
Too Many Obligations
Too many family and social obligations getting you down? Accept that you can't do it all and set some limits.
Find a way to compromise so that everyone is happy
Prioritize the most important events
Meet up with others after the holidays if you can't make a holiday gathering happen
Gift Buying Expense
If you're on a tight budget, use your creative skills to come up with thoughtful gifts.
Bake cookies and share them with others
Offer to do a chore or task that person hates
Create a photo collage or frame a picture
Sew or paint something special
Samuel is on a tight budget and he wants to buy gifts for his friends since they always buy him a gift. What would be the best gift to give?