In the past, the holidays were often a depressing time of year for me. I loved the festive decorations and extra family time, but consistently felt a little down on the inside. Whether it was because I wasn’t staying busy working which typically preoccupies my wandering mind, or I simply had too much time on my hands to think about the things I hadn’t yet accomplished, I kept finding myself caught in a rut during November and December, year after year.
At some point a few years ago, I made the decision to change my mindset. I realized I had way more power over my feelings than I was giving myself credit for. And once I took responsibility for the depression I felt, the more I was able to find ways out of it.
For me, the key was in taking the focus off myself and redirecting it onto the people and world around me. Gratitude plays a huge role in my overall feelings of fulfillment, so instead of focusing on what I felt was insufficient in my life, I made a more concentrated effort to celebrate the everyday blessings.
Now, I make it a habit to check in with myself as the holiday season gets underway, to make sure I’m doing things that keep me in a positive headspace and contribute positively to the world around me. In case you, too, get caught in the holiday doldrums, here are four surefire ways to get out of them – especially this time of year: