‘Tis the season to be jolly, but you’re not alone if you don’t feel this way. The merriment eludes lots of folks who’re not happy because of all kinds of career and personal life issues. But you don’t have to stay mired in unhappiness. Learn how to help yourself get in the spirit!
Make Your Surroundings Merry
Since you spend most of your day at work, make your work space festive and uplifting. It’s wonderful if your company decorates the common areas, but take responsibility for adding touches to your immediate area that make you smile. And do the same at home. Pay particular attention to the areas you spend the most time in. Your budget only may allow for one merry item from the dollar store or a small dish of colorful tasty holiday treats here or there and that’s fine. It’s the steady dose of cheer it brings you each time you gaze upon it that matters.
Yes, I know: the last thing you feel like doing is being with people, but doing so will make you feel better – even if only a little bit or for a little while. Joining the gathering at the water cooler and listening to the banter takes you out of your own head by forcing you to focus on something other than your unhappiness. Similarly, attending a family or social event can give you an unexpected boost in spite of your resentment that others are in such a joyful mood when you’re not. If only one thing at the event puts a smile on your face, that’ll be great!
Adjust Your Attitude
In spite of your funky mood, make the decision that you’re going to try to feel better. You have the power to do this and you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes. Dig out something festive from your wardrobe, even if only a holiday tie, to give yourself a little lift. Look in the mirror and give yourself a good “talking to” before you leave the house. And push yourself to offer holiday greetings to others as you walk by throughout the day. If you simply can’t muster the energy to do any of these things, a therapist can help. Contact your EAP or mental health professional today.
The holidays can be tough when you’re feeling glum, but you can take steps to help yourself feel better. So when the season doesn’t bring merriment to you, put some merriment in it yourself!
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