During the course of my work day (I am a psychic medium) I receive quite a few calls from people that are just not feeling the holiday cheer. Here are some ways that have helped my clients beat the holiday blues.

1. You need to connect with people. The worst thing you can do is isolate yourself from the very people that even God may want to use to encourage and restore you. Make plans. Don’t sit around and wait to be invited.

2. Set realistic goals. Organize your time by making lists and setting your priorities in order. We often worry the most about the things that matter the least thus creating more chaos in our lives than needed.

3. Make a budget and follow it. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on things. In fact giving someone a picture of you and them in an inexpensive frame is all you need.

4. Contact someone you’ve lost touch with. This is a perfect time to rekindle a lost relationship. You may find that it begins a new chapter in your life. No matter what kind of relationship it was.

5. Don’t be afraid to pray. TELL God/The Universe/All That Is what EXACTLY you want in your life. Tell your spirit helpers that you are ready to be guided to those people that can help YOU manifest all that you desire. Don’t forget, we have to ASK for what we want. But honest with God and yourself about your situation.

6. Get plenty of rest. People tend to eat, drink and party too much during the holidays. None of those activities are conducive to a good night’s sleep. The more worn out you get, the more susceptible you are to depression and discouragement. Work out as much as you can even if that’s a brisk walk through the park or even grocery store!

7. Let go of the past and find new or different ways to celebrate. While many family traditions are good, you may feel in bondage to doing things you don’t enjoy because “that’s the way we’ve always done it.” Start a new tradition – get a puzzle and have everyone join in putting it together. Wear funny hats while opening up gifts or add different details to the already existing traditional holiday stories.

8. Don’t overindulge in holiday foods. There is a genuine, negative physiological effect from foods high in sugar and fat. Additionally, you may struggle with guilt from overindulging. Moderation is the key.

9. Don’t focus on what you don’t have – focus on what you do have. If you think about it, it won’t take you long to envision someone in a worse situation than yours. God has neither abandoned nor forgotten you.

10. Get out of yourself and into other people. Your best insurance against an empty holiday is pouring yourself into someone else. You’ll find that your burden eases as you invest your life in another.