Five Ways You Can Combat the Holiday Blues

It goes without saying that this year has mostly been one of isolation. I’m an introvert, so obviously I love being home and having my me time. But I think the one thing we’ve all come to realize is that as humans we need interaction with other people. So what do you do if you’re in an enforced lockdown? Or choosing to social distance? I’m not here to tell you what to do as that is your own decision. Here are some things to do this holiday season to combat the holiday blues.

1. Volunteer

Thankfully I joined the Junior League of Dallas this year, and while it has been almost 100% virtual it has still given me the opportunity to meet some amazing women in the Dallas area. For my Provisional Project I chose to participate in an in-person volunteer event at a “Christmas Store” for a local church. All COVID-19 precautions will be taken, and I am looking forward for this chance to bring some holiday cheer to the community. Research some volunteer or donation opportunities in your area. It will take the focus off of you, and allow you to help those who may not have as much as you do. More people are stressed and struggling this year, so any little bit helps.

2. Plan a Family Zoom Party

Yes, you’re probably “zoomed” out by now. But I have to say the best thing that has come out of quarantine is my family’s weekly Saturday night zoom calls. Every Saturday evening we log on for a few hours to just chat about what is going on in the world, what we cooked for dinner that week, crack jokes, and keep each other’s spirits lifted. Even if your family isn’t that social for a weekly Zoom, consider planning a Holiday get together where you maybe all dress up and watch a Christmas movie together, share holiday memories, or swap your favorite recipes and do a cook-off challenge.

3. Secret Santa, by mail.

No girls trip or Friendsgiving this year? Plan a virtual Secret Santa. You can draw names here and mail your presents to your recipient. Plan a houseparty and you can all open your presents together…virtually. You’re still connected and can enjoy the gift of giving with your girls.

4. Visit local Christmas pop-ups

Here in Dallas, there are several places like locally owned coffee shops who have created Christmas themed pop-ups. I like to support small businesses because they especially need support right now. Obviously do what’s best for you, but if you’re open to getting out right now these places are great. Check out this post from Dallasites101 which gives you the rundown on what to check out this month!

5. Make time for you

Okay, so this is super cliche but whatever. It seems like I’m busier now than I was last year. For some reason since you work from people think that means you have more time and energy? Yea, no. The one thing I’ve tried to remain consistent with to give me some sense of normalcy is going to the nail shop. Before you yell at me, I’ve found the BEST nail place in Dallas that is super clean, friendly and I always feel super safe going to. PAINT Nail Bar (visit their IG here) has been my little escape. If you’re a dip nail fan like I was, you should try the GEL-X Sculpted nail option. It lasts way longer (3 weeks so far and no chip or crack!). Also I feel like they give the best pedicure in town.


  1. Ruqayyah S Davis

    December 8, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    I love your tips! I didnt know you joined Junior League! That’s a great way to volunteer your time!!!

  2. Queenie Donaldson

    December 8, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Beautiful post Amberly! I am so proud of you cousin! Thank you for those tips too,very helpful and creative:)❤🥰

  3. Kimberly Collins

    December 8, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks Amberly! Awesome tips! Sooooooooo thoughtful of you to think about the mindset of all of us going through this pandemic. I’ll speak for myself, I have needed a lot of uplifting this year (2020). Just reading the ideas uplifted me…therefore, using them, I know will bring happiness to many. Thank you again!

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