Last Updated on January 12, 2024 by AlexJames
Ah, in december’s darkness the twinkle of Christmas lights, the constant jingle of festive tunes, and Mariah Carey gracing us with her presence—it must be the season of unbridled joy, right? Well, not for everyone. While the world decks the halls, for some, the holiday season can descend into darkness, magnifying empty homes, fractured relationships, and the harsh reality of loneliness.
But fear not, for we’re armed with a bag of tricks from positive psychology to tackle the emotional avalanche that December often brings. So, let’s dim the lights, cue some soothing music, and explore 10 science-backed techniques to find that elusive light in December’s darkness.
Daily Gratitude Ritual
Wrap up your day by listing three things you’re thankful for and why. Shifting your focus to the positives can work wonders in steering away from the gloom.
Mindful Meditation Moments
Take five minutes daily to hush the chaos, meditate, and ground yourself in the present. Whether it’s mindful walking or guided sessions from apps, let your mind find its serenity.
Spread Kindness Like Confetti
Embrace the power of random acts of kindness. Offer your spot in the grocery line, shower genuine compliments, or assist someone across the street. It’s a mood booster for you and those on the receiving end.
Rediscover Childlike Joy
Recapture the bliss of your childhood favorites. Watch that cherished movie, whip up a nostalgic meal, or delve into a creative hobby that once brought unadulterated happiness.
Embrace the Three Pillars: Sleep, Diet, Exercise
Maintain a routine of 7-9 hours of sleep, a daily dose of healthy grub, and 30 minutes of exercise. Whether it’s a stroll, yoga, or a dance-off, bonus points for outdoor escapades!
Shower Yourself with Self-Compassion
Treat yourself like a cherished friend navigating tough times. Identify those pesky negative thoughts and flip the script to focus on the positives. Remember, it’s okay not to be okay.
Social Media Detox
Watch out for the social media pitfall. When you’re already down, the endless scroll can worsen things. Step away, take a breather, and spare yourself the comparison game.
Pen a Letter to Your Younger Self
Drop a note to your 10-year-old self, reminiscing on your triumphs and joys of the year. It’s a heartwarming exercise that offers balance and perspective.
Even if it feels like a herculean effort, spend time with friends and family. Video calls and online games can bridge the gap, making you feel more connected and appreciated.
Seek Professional Support If Needed
If the holiday blues persist, don’t hesitate to seek Calgary therapy professionals. They’re equipped with the tools to navigate the unique challenges December throws our way.
Amid this challenging season, embrace the opportunity for self-reflection and renewal. Set small well-being goals—acts of kindness, moments of self-compassion, or mindful strolls. Remember, even the most minor steps can lead to epic journeys. Start yours this holiday season.