Christmas and all it brings are just two weeks away. The celebrations. The parties. The gifts. The get-togethers. The bonus. You should be happy and celebrating like the rest of the city. And yet, you find yourself depressed. Well, it seems you have caught the holiday blues bug. What’s your reason?
1. Living through a pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic might be the biggest contributor to your stressed-out state these holidays. You might be feeling that this pandemic has taken a lot from you, like some opportunities and time with your friends and family which you’ve been looking forward to for months.
The consolation: there are different ways to connect with your friends and family while still following safety protocols: Zoom calls, drive thrus, and “ayuda” or gift sending are some of them.
2. All work and no play
Unfortunately, Christmas falls at a month when year-end targets should be completed and accomplished. If you find yourself stuck in your office chair with no leaves or typing away by the beach while the rest of the family is swimming, you got this particular bug.
The consolation: Cheer up! Meeting your targets means higher performance appraisal scores and a big fat check for a bonus.
3. No money
Your bank account is again below maintaining balance three days after you got your bonus. (What else is new?) Your money went to paying off household expenses, new clothes for the new year, gifts, that new family computer, and food for noche buena and media noche.
The consolation: Your family is happy. Isn’t that something to happy about? Still, next year, budget your money wisely so you will have some for emergency.
4. Too sick to celebrate
The cold season brings colds, cough, and flu. If you caught this bug, then you’re in for a quarantined Christmas and New Year with hot soups and nothing else. Awww…
The consolation: This is the perfect time to get your spouse, children, or family to do something for you. Ask for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in bed! Besides, you won’t need to organize a party, cook for the whole clan, or talk to that braggart cousin of yours. Hmmm… That’s something to celebrate!