Beating the Holiday Blues

The holiday season can be one of joy and delight for many ages. However, there are those that seem to become saddened by the waning light and commercialization of the holidays. In this article, we will discuss ways to beat the holiday blues so you can find new and unique ways to enjoy the holiday this year.

Enjoy Family Time

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the holidays is family. Go visit your family when they get together. If your family does not host get togethers then make the effort to visit them and have tea or coffee together over some great conversation. Offer to help them decorate or make a nice meal while you’re there. If your parents are older, offer to help them clean their house or run errands with them. The little ways that you can help your family can offer boosts of happiness.

Friends & Fun

If you’re feeling down, friends can be a source of support and love. I know every time I’m upset or sad, my girlfriends are ready with kind words and hugs. We end up watching funny or silly movies with snacks and laughing ourselves crazy. Friends are really the best counselors. They are there for you, so don’t suffer alone. Reach out to your friends.

Diet & Exercise

With the sun disappearing earlier the nights seem longer and darker at this time of the year. Why not try to improve your diet and exercise regimen? Exercising makes you feel in control of your body, and dieting the healthy way with lots of fresh veggies and protein will make your body healthier and boost the endorphins, or happy chemicals, in your brain. Don’t overlook this important facet of trying to make yourself feel better.

Gift Yourself

With everyone in a craze to shop during the holidays don’t forget yourself. Have you wanted to upgrade your wardrobe? Splurge a little and buy that cozy sweater, a new pair of shoes, or a snuggly blanket to bring you comfort. It’s okay, really. I buy books when I feel down. A great escape into another world is the perfect way to relax and get your mind off of everything.

I hope that these ideas will help you to blast the holiday blues out of your holiday season this year.

I wish you all a very happy and tear-free holiday season!

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