Beat The Holiday Blues
For some people, the holidays can be a stressful and perhaps even sad time of the year. If this happens to you, or someone you know, be proactive and recognize the symptoms. Try some of these suggestions to make it a happier and healthier season all the while avoiding the holiday blues:
Get up and get moving! Even going outside for a walk around the block can do wonders for your spirits. Breathing in the fresh, cold air gives your body a jolt of energy. If you plan on being one of the many to join a gym after the holidays, consider doing it now instead of the first of the year when everybody will be starting a new workout routine.
Avoid the holiday binge with high calorie foods and non-stop sweets. Take in plenty of foods rich in vitamins, particularly Omega 3 which is a mood booster and can be found in fish, walnuts and flax seeds. Moderate the amount of alcohol you consume and get plenty of sleep. Remember, a bad diet, drinking too much and sleep deprivation can be at the root of depression for many people.
If you find that the holiday season is a difficult time of the year, then find a volunteer organization that assists those who are struggling. This can help to take your mind off of your ‘blues’ and actively help someone in need. You may also find pleasure in connecting with others who are also volunteering their services.
Being in a place of worship can be calming and peaceful. If you practice religion, walking into a church, synagogue, mosque or wherever it is that you find comfort, can offer tranquility for your soul. During the holidays, some churches offer special services for those who are coping with the loss of a loved one, for example. Check out your community resources to see if there is something that appeals to you.
As families change through the years, so do traditions. Keep in mind that it is often difficult to reproduce the exact same memories of your own childhood. As children grow and have families of their own, embrace and support their rituals. If you are single, and live far from home, invite others in your situation into your home to celebrate the holidays.
Know when it is time to seek help. The advice offered above is for those that feel the mild pangs of stress during this time of the year. But if the holidays bring overwhelming negative feelings, then it’s time to seek the help of a professional.