Escaping Holiday Blues with added Job Search Stress

The holidays can be a fun time, but it’s also a blue time for many. Add job searching stress to the mix and how can a person manage to stay afloat? Here are some tips to help you cope with the stress.  

Know Your Triggers: It’s important to know what doesn’t make you feel good. When you know what triggers depression you can take action. The first step is to know yourself. What about the holiday season gets you down? What about job searching is troubling you? Take stock and take heart, you can get through this!

Make a Plan: Once you know what brings on a rush of the blues, you can make a plan. In some cases the plan includes ways to avoid triggers, in other cases it’s what to do when you feel blue.

Let Go of Pressure: The holidays are a busy time with high expectations. Job searching is a tense time too. Let go of pressure from yourself and others to be someone and do things you’re not cable of. Maybe this year you’ll be cutting back on gifts due to lack of funds, or maybe you need to cut back on your rigorous season schedule. Know what you can handle and make an effort to let go of the extra.

Learn to Grieve: Whether it’s unattainable desires, the loss of a loved one, or any sort of lack in your life. It’s healthy to grieve and deal with what ever is getting you down. Mourning releases us to enjoy what we have now, and live in the moment rather than the past or the future. “Grief is a normal and natural response to loss. It is originally an unlearned feeling process. Keeping grief inside increases your pain.” – Ann Grant

Take Care of Yourself: If we’re physically not doing well, then our emotions will follow suit, be sure to take steps toward healthy self-care this season.

  • Winter is a gloomier time of year, weather wise. Be sure to get some sun and if you can’t get sun, use a sun light lamp.
  • Eat well. Sugar tends to be in excess around the holidays, which means sugar crashes. All things in moderation.
  • Exercise. Exercise can greatly bolster your mood. Try not to stop or slow down your exercise for winter.

Find Support: Whether it’s a professional counselor, therapy, a support group, or a friend with a listening ear. Don’t be afraid to reach out, social support is very beneficial when it comes to holiday blues.

Take Your Eyes off Yourself: This is a great time of year to find ways to help others. When we see the needs and wants of others, it helps us become less self-focused. “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”― John Holmes 


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