The holidays are officially here and though they may be a happy time for many, it's not true for everyone.  

Christmas stress is a real thing, and the holiday blues are sometimes unavoidable for some people. The holiday also happens to be when many mourn family members who have passed away. So, if you or someone you know is struggling with this time of the year, there are a few things you can do.  

Some signs to watch out for are losing interest in things you would usually enjoy, feeling more tired than usual, and having difficulty concentrating, Healthline said.  

So, how do you beat the holiday blues? 

Well, one thing to do is limit your alcohol consumption. It’s easy to try to grab a drink around the holidays and partake during the holiday parties. However, limiting your drinks is a good idea since it can make your negative thoughts worse and impact your mood.  

It's also a good idea to get plenty of rest. Keep a scheduled bedtime to help with your tiredness and be able to take on necessary tasks.  

Don’t overschedule yourself because it can lead to emotional stress. Make time for yourself so that you can recuperate from your regular stress and the holiday stress.  

Try new things when you can. Though you may have an idea of what Christmas should look like, it may not always turn out that way. Be open to new traditions and create a holiday that works for you. If you are in mourning, make sure to reach out to loved ones or trusted friends and get the support you need. 

Lastly, watch how much you are eating. Food is a comfort for man, especially with homemade cooking and easy access to delicious food. Try to go for veggies when out at holiday parties or bring some healthier snacks with you if possible.  


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