10 Ways to Fight Off Holiday Depression

2.Don’t expect everything to be ideal

Many people have a vision of an ideal Christmas (or any other holiday for that matter) and they are not willing to settle for anything less. However, there is no ideal if you look at things realistically, at least not if you’re an adult who has obligations and goes through everyday stress. People who expect ideal and end up with something less than perfect tend to be disappointed, and become depressed due seeing the reality. However, if a holiday doesn’t go perfectly, it doesn’t mean that it can’t go very well and that you can still have a wonderful time.

Get your expectations in order and try to set achievable goals. For instance, making a Christmas dinner comprised of seven courses all by yourself isn’t really possible, unless you have eight hands. Avoid agreeing to do anything you’d rather not, such as going to a party when you’d much rather spend the time with your close family members. Finally, nobody said that you need to buy everyone a present (even a relative you haven’t seen for years) if you are on a tight budget. Be kind to yourself, and don’t despair if things don’t go exactly as you planned.

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