5 Ways to Avoid a Negative Holiday Season

5 Ways to Avoid a Negative Holiday Season

Why depression is higher during the holidays and how to deal with it Biblically....

Many people feel lonely and sad during the holidays. 

The reasons vary. 

5 Ways to Avoid a Negative Holiday Season
It could be sadness because our families are far away. Or it could be dealing with family members who are "prickly."

We might be longing for the magical Christmas feelings of childhood and missing family members who've passed away.

Or we may have sad memories of Christmases past. 

We could simply feel overwhelmed by the increased responsibilities of the holiday.

Whatever our reasons, we would be wise to consider these ways to make Christmas less difficult:(1)
    1. Limit spending and commitments (2 Peter 1:5-7)(2)
    2. Lower our expectations and be thankful for what we have  (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
    3. Give of ourselves to others who are less fortunate (1 John 3:18)
    4. Focus on good things in our lives (Philippians 4:8)
    5. Focus on the real meaning of the holiday (Luke 2:10-11)
      These are actually good principles to follow even if we don't have a the holiday blahs.

      (1) Some of these points adapted from the article Why People Get Depressed at Christmas by Ray Williams
      (2) This passage talks about self-control. Lack of self-control is one f the main problems behind overspending, i.e. buying things we don't need or can't afford because we don't want to wait to save for them or we don't want to deny our selfish desires.

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      1. Oh this is such a heart-breaking time of year for so many. May we have wide-open hearts to see where people are coming from ... and know how to best extend mercy and grace ...

        Advent blessings to you, Gail!

      2. Ohhhhh, this is good. Thank you for including the verses along with your suggestions.

      3. Fab, need to focus on/ remember this/ need to keep coming back to this! Especially after a low few days. Thank you :-)


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