The holidays are a tough time for people who have lost a loved one or whose family situation has changed due to a child leaving home or divorce.

For those who find themselves alone and sad during the holidays, here are a few tips to make the season brighter:

1. Focus on making the holidays better for others. The rewards in good cheer will far exceed the time spent volunteering.

2. Go ahead and decorate. Even if you are the only person to see them, holiday decorations with their bright colors brighten any decor.

3. Accept invitations to join friends and family. Many people feel uncomfortable joining another family on the holidays. By offering to make a dish or bring gifts, you are adding to the celebration.

4. Mend relationships with estranged family members. Family members often hurt the ones that they love the most. It’s important to say you are sorry and forgive before it’s too late.

5. Come up with a list of things that you’d like to do and go have a good time. This can include hearing a concert, going to a movie and looking at holiday lights.

If you are feeling blue, it’s important to identify the source of your sadness. If you or someone you knows needs help, Counseling & Recovery Services of Oklahoma is available for all ages.

Follow this link for some simple methods to drive away the holiday blues. 

All of us at Counseling & Recovery Services wish you happy holidays and the best New Year ever.