Fighting Through Holiday Blues

The Very Well Mind website refers to holiday blues as “feelings of sadness during the holiday season”. Let me keep it real. Recently, I felt the holiday blues a little bit. I never thought I would, being that Christmas is my favorite holiday (and still is). Maybe you are feeling the effects as well or know someone that is. If that’s the case, keep reading. After all, mental health matters more than we realize it.

During the holiday season, many friends and families come to together to celebrate. Several people are typically very jolly. On the other hand, some are not so jolly. Maybe they’re grieving a loss, breakup, disappointment, financially strained, or stressed out in other areas. But I am so glad that Matthew 11:28 speaks to us when we are burdened, “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Glory to God! Those scriptures are evident that we never have to deal with problems alone. We weren’t meant to carry heavy burdens. God doesn’t want our mental health to be in shambles. We have the freedom to hand our sorrows over to God. It’s too much for us, but never too much for God. Isn’t that amazing how much God loves us? Even better, He sympathizes with us like none other. John 16:33 NLT tells us, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” This scripture should uplift our spirit and bring us great comfort. We are reminded that Jesus understands everything we’re facing. Not only that, but He has given us the strength to overcome. But of course, it takes faith. 

I’ve found myself reflecting on 2022 during this holiday season a lot. Yes, I fought silent battles, spiritual warfare, and other challenges this year. And although that is true, I refuse to drown in discontentment. Neither should you. If you’re experiencing the holiday blues, try to reflect on the blessings from 2022. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” What stuck out to me was, “in everything give thanks”. What does that mean? That means during the good, bad, and ugly express your thankfulness to God. I can proudly say that God has kept me during the midst of chaos. He has blessed me in ways I didn’t even deserve this year. I thank God for that. When you shift your focus on the goodness of God, you’re able to fight through the holiday blues. The only way we can find joy is through Christ. The bible says in Psalm 34:8 NLT, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; oh the joys of those who take refuge in Him!” I challenge you to take refuge in God and see how He fills your cup with joy.  

Maybe you’re not where you want to be in life, and that’s ok. But that doesn’t mean God cannot bring you into a new season of favor and divine acceleration. God is raising up a remnant of His people. Hard times will not last always. God’s Word says there is a time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11). With that alone, you can believe for greater in your life. Your latter will be greater than your former (Haggai 2:9) Taking everything in perspective, here are five practical steps to fight through holiday blues.

Five Steps to Fighting Through Holiday Blues

Step 1: Pray to God. 

Don’t just sink into sadness. Talk to God about your worries. He cares for you. Pray to Him during every moment. He is gracious enough to answer your prayers. 

Job 22:27, Ephesians 6:8, Psalm 17:6, Psalm 102:17, Mark 11:24, 1 Peter 5:7, and Jeremiah 29:12

Step 2: Study your Word

During the holiday season, there is no greater time to read about the most precious gift: the birth of Jesus. I challenge you to read Matthew chapters 1-2 and Luke chapters 1-2. Those scriptures reminds us how to keep the CHRIST in CHRISTmas. Not only that, but studying the Word is beneficial in various ways.

2 Timothy 3:16-17, Psalm 119:105, Proverbs 3:1-2, 2 Timothy 2:15, Hebrews 4:12, John 1:1, 2 Peter 3:18, and Romans 15:4

Step 3: Praise/Glorify God.

When we praise God despite of our circumstances, it turns our mourning into gladness (Jeremiah 31:13). God wants us to praise Him regardless. He deserves it.

1 Corinthians 10:31, Matthew 5:16, Psalm 115:1, Revelation 4:11, Psalm 86:12, Colossians 3:17, Psalm 34:3, Psalm 95:1-2, and Philippians 4:6. 

Step 4: Surround yourself with Positivity. 

We must surround ourselves with positive music, movies, books, friends, and family. Don’t allow a foothold for the enemy. We must know our triggers of sadness and be mindful.

Ephesians 4:27, James 4:7, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 16:11, Isaiah 58:11, and Joshua 1:5-6

Step 5: Have faith and trust God for a brighter future.

God knows the plans He has for us. We have to believe that our future is in good hands with the Lord. We must trust God no matter what. He will reward His faithful servants in the end. We may not see the fruit of our labor now, but we must expect a brighter future ahead. That takes great faith!

Jeremiah 29:11, Proverbs 3:5-6, Philippians 1:6, Romans 15:13, 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, Hebrews 11:1-6, 2 Corinthians 5:7, and Matthew 21:22

Say this prayer with me:

Dear Lord, 

We come before you and lay down our burdens. This year may not have gone as expected, but we thank you for the many blessings and miracles that came out of it. Lord, during the midst of trials, you kept us here. You allowed us to make it to the end because there is a greater purpose in our lives. We reach up to the heavens and praise you for your faithfulness. We thank you for your grace and mercy. We glorify your Name in spite of it all. You are worthy to be praised. Lord, we repent of anything we’ve did, said, or thought that was against your Word. 

Renew our minds. Prepare us for greater. Help us to trust you even when we can’t trace you. Build our faith to remain steadfast in all seasons. Your word says in 1 Chronicles 16:34 ESV, “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever!” We believe that now and always. We bind the spirit of depression from trying to overtake our minds. We ask you to give us a “peace that surpasses all understanding” as your Word says in Philippians 4:6. We believe that our latter will be greater than our former. We stand in agreement with your Word that “we will eat the fruit of our labor. How joyful and prosperous we will be.” (Psalm 128:2). In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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