Gifts for Those With the Holiday Blues

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Holiday Blues - Feelings of sadness, loneliness, depression and anxiety in and around the holidays

The holidays are seen as a joyous time filled with parties, social engagements and family. Unfortunately, there are many that suffer from anxiety or depression around this time of year. Here you'll find a few gifts that you can give someone you know suffering from the holiday blues. 


The Gift of Empathy

You may be singing, "It's the most wonderful time of the year," but for some it's not. Sometimes the best thing you can do for someone is to be there. Feel with them. Emotions do not dictate the truth, but they should be acknowledged. Allow them to feel whatever they're feeling instead of trying to convince them otherwise. 


The Gift of Reality

Help them anchor to reality. With the rise of social media platforms, it's easy to compare your life to someone else's highlight reel. Do something that doesn't involve screens. Go outside and enjoy the world with them instead of allowing them to scroll through it. If they love to exercise, be a gym buddy. If hiking is their forte, put on your hiking boots. If a simple walk on the beach makes their day, prepare to get sand between your toes. 


The Gift of Understanding

Recognize that social events may be taxing for them. When they decline certain outings, give them the space they need to recharge and relax. 


The Gift of Action

Instead of waiting for them to come to you for help, do something. It could be as simple as having a phone conversation that focuses on everything but what's causing their sadness or making them a home cooked meal. Don't just tell them you care, show them.