Feeling Blue this Christmas? Here are 3 Tips to Help You Overcome

No one anticipated that the pandemic would last until the Christmas season.  

And while many are going the extra mile to celebrate creatively – online Christmas parties, virtual get-togethers, sending gifts and stuff – a lot of Filipinos, especially OFWs, may still be feeling the so-called “holiday blues”. 

According to an article from Healthline.com, there are several reasons why people feel sad or worse, develop depression during the holidays. One major reason is social isolation or feelings of disconnectedness because of a lack of opportunities for socialization 

With the virus still out there forfeiting your chance to meet up with friends and familygetting the holiday blues is not uncommon.  

However, this Christmas season doesn’t have to be gloomy.  

Here are 3 tips from Beyond Small Talk guest, Archie Dela Cruz, a counselor and motivational speaker, to help you combat the “holiday blues”: 

1. Do not be afraid to embrace your emotions 

It is good to be able to put a name and recognize your emotions.  

As Archie puts it, “It’s okay to be sad or cry because crying helps you release the emotions inside.” 

In addition, it is also important to look for ways on how you can take care of yourself. Eat healthy food, sleep well, and do some exercises. Especially now that social distancing and meet ups are discouraged, Archie shares that isolation can trigger loneliness.  

2. Find creative or resourceful ways to connect with your family and friends 

Social distancing does not mean being socially disconnected. 

You can maximize the blessing and benefits of social media to connect with your family and friends. 

Do not skip opportunities to connect with them. Fight off the urge to isolate yourself. In times like these, you need your loved ones to be with you and make you feel the warmth, joy, and fun of the holidays. 

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, NLT 

3. Pray and commune with God 

Spending time with God can greatly help you cope with emotional, psychological, and physical struggles. 

Knowing that there is a God who sees and understands what you are going through would give you hope and peace amid the pandemic, especially on the things that are beyond your control.  

God is sovereign and He sees your situation. He knows and understands the sorrows you are feeling while celebrating Christmas away from the ones you love. 

He wants you to know that you are not alone and wants to give you comfort. 

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27 NLT) 

Are you feeling blue and lonely this Christmas? We want to help you! 

Do not hesitate to call theCBN Asia Prayer Center anytime at 8737-0700 and we would love to pray for you. 

Watch out for the new webisodes ofBeyond Small Talkevery Saturday, 7:00PMonThe 700 Club AsiaFacebook pageandYouTube Channel! 

2 Comments

  • Michelle Forlales Lim

    Please pray for my good health and my family too. Please pray for me that my anxiety and worries with the things that are happening today will go away

    • Hi Michelle, thank you for your prayers. We are with you in praying that God will continue to give you and your family a good health. May He also remove all the anxieties and worries in your heart and mind and give you peace that transcends all understanding. Jesus loves you so much and despite of what is happening in our surroundings, we can find assurance from Him that He will never leave us nor forsake you. Blessings!

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