‘Tis the season to be jolly, or so they say. Truth be told, with 2010 just around the corner, it’s all too easy to suffer from the holiday blues this time of year. Between the sugar highs (and eventual crashes) from all the sweets at those holiday parties, the sometimes-painful realization that you didn’t meet your perfect partner in 2009, and the turbulent economy and job market, it’s only natural to suffer from the holiday blues. But fear not, Savvy Single. What follows are five surefire strategies for beating and busting the holiday blues.
Holiday Blues Buster #1: Don’t Break the Bank
While splurging on others can be fun this time of year, don’t overdo it. If you charge up your credit card balance beyond your means during the holiday shopping season, you’ll be filled with regret come the new year. So instead of going over budget and ultimately suffering from those holiday blues, shop wisely. Look for sales, or better yet, cut back on your gift giving list. Even better, talk to friends and family about going in on gifts for one another as a group. That way, you still get to treat the loved ones in your life, but you don’t have to break the bank to do it.
Holiday Blues Buster #2: Do Something good for Someone in Need
While getting and giving gifts is fun, it’s not the only way to enjoy this celebratory season. In fact, one of the best ways to avoid suffering from the holiday blues is to do something good for someone in need. Adopt a needy family and shower them with food and other essentials. Volunteer at a soup kitchen and feed the homeless. Or call your local domestic violence shelter and find out what toys would brighten the lives of the children there. Then channel your inner Santa Claus, and splurge on kids in need. Not only will you beat the holiday blues, but you’ll brighten someone else’s day, and ultimately feel fabulous this festive season.
Holiday Blues Buster #3: Celebrate with Friends and Family
Instead of feeling sorry for yourself that you didn’t meet the love of your life this year — and falling into a serious holiday blues funk in the process — why not focus on the love IN your life? This holiday season, let friends and family know how much they mean to you. Throw a party in their honor, showering them with love and affection, and toasting to their general fabulousness. By giving thanks for the amazing individuals who love and support you all year long, you’ll beat those holiday blues as well as find new and exciting ways to celebrate the season.
Holiday Blues Buster #4: Focus on the Years’ Successes
Another holiday blues buster? Instead of spending the rest of the year obsessing about what went wrong in 2009 (that missed job promotion, that series of dating disappointments, not getting out of debt, etc.) why not reflect on all the amazing triumphs and successes you experienced? For example, if you got out of the wrong relationship, pat yourself on the back for being such a survivor! If you lost a few pounds in 2009, give yourself permission to strut your slender stuff for the rest of the year! And if you took a risk and went back to school, change jobs, bought your first home, or in any way pushed your comfort zone, give yourself a gold star for the year!
Holiday Blues Buster #5: Get Excited about the Coming Year
And if you just can’t seem to get in the holiday spirit, don’t despair. The best way to beat the holiday blues is to focus your energies and attention on the new year, bypassing all the holiday hogwash. Make a list of goals and dreams that you’d like to achieve in 2010. Feel free to make a vision board of what you hope to manifest in the coming year. By creating a clear vision of your fabulous future, you cut down on your chances of getting distracted by the holiday blues. Plus, you allow yourself to get super excited about the new year. Love that!
So there you have it. Five surefire strategies for beating the holiday blues. May you learn them, love them, live them. Good luck and happy holidays!