By Bear State Bank

Holidays Have You Feeling Blue?

The Bear has some friendly advice for making it through, or possibly even enjoying, this holiday season.


The holidays aren’t always good times and cheer, at least not for all of us. Sometimes you just really want to get them over with and return to your everyday routine. If you need a useful distraction this holiday season, we’ve got you covered! Here are just a few things that can keep you occupied while we count down to 2018, and the return to normalcy.


Help someone in need.

Starting today, reach out to someone who needs their leaves raked. Maybe there’s someone in your life who would enjoy a home-cooked meal. Know a dog owner? Offer to walk their pet. Look beyond your circle of friends and help out with a volunteer organization that needs additional manpower during the holidays. For a complete list of what’s out there, visit and find ways you can help close to home.


Pass the time with friends.

Spending time with friends is a great cure for the blues. Break out your favorite board game and share some laughs with your inner-circle. These retro tabletop games tend to get you out of your normal comfort zone, leaving you feeling nostalgic for the family board games nights of the 80s and 90s.

Not a board game kind of person? Rent a movie from your favorite online store and pop some popcorn for your guests. If your friends are out of town, download the Netflix Party plugin and watch Netflix with friends from all over the globe.

Also, don’t be afraid to try something new. Ever tried meditation? It’s great for taking a “time out” and resetting your mind when you’re not feeling your best. There are tons of free resources out there for guided meditations. We recommend checking out the free versions of Headspace, a guided meditation app that’s simple to understand and easy to use. It makes getting started with meditation a breeze


Keep it in perspective.

You’ve heard it a thousand times, but this too shall pass. When you’re suffering, time slows down to a near halt. Take a deep breath and acknowledge that what you’re feeling will pass with the holidays. The pain won’t last forever; you can get through this.

“No matter how devastating our struggles, disappointments, and troubles are, they are only temporary.” — Josh McDowell

Need some additional clarity? Visit and take a look at their countdown clock to 2018. Look how close we are to the New Year!



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