As aging brings experiences and wisdom, it also brings unavoidable losses, such as the deterioration of health, decline of energy and mobility, loss of loved ones and friends, and many others. Holidays should be an exciting season for celebrations, family reunions, and parties. However, for many of the older people, the holiday season could be a difficult time of sadness, loneliness, and blues. This article discusses some tips to help them beat the holiday blues.
Recognize that holidays do not need to be the same as they were before. While honoring the traditions that you could do, create new ones. If you can’t celebrate the holidays with your family and friends in person, discover other ways to get together with them, like video chats, emails, or others. If you are unable to decorate the place, get some ornaments as well as other holiday stuff to make a centerpiece for the dining table.
Ask the others for help to get out and join the houses of worship, gathering, parties, and other events. Take a ride for sightseeing Christmas lights. Invite your friends over for movies, cooking, or games. Take a walk, which is always an excellent way to beat down the blues.
Talk to Someone
If you are feeling lonely and isolated, talk to someone about your feelings. Making a phone call, writing an email, getting a chat over coffee, or sending a greeting card with them could lift your mood. Never underestimate the power of talking with people. Connecting with people is one of the most effective ways to beat holiday blues and loneliness.
The holiday seasons typically bring a lot of unhealthy foods, treats, and beverages, and people tend to overeat these unhealthy foods during the holidays. Keep in mind that a healthy diet makes good mental health.