This week is the unofficial start of the “holiday season” and with it all the joy and happiness that should come with it.
As some of you know and experience, those emotions don’t always abide by the calendar and many of you would just as soon tear those “pages” off your calendar and go directly to the new year. I talk to people everyday who seem to have the blues in this season.
Knowing we do have to get through this season, let’s try to figure out how to do it with as much enthusiasm as we can muster.
Remember positive emotions affect our health in unbelievably valuable ways.
Try some of the following in order to lift those blues:
♥ How about stepping outside of your own blues and helping others? There are so many volunteering opportunities especially at this time of the year. We know that volunteering helps the givers way more than the takers – try it out and you’ll see what I mean.
♥ When you’re taking a walk or shopping or even if on the bus, smile at someone. Smiling, as it turns out, has truly remarkable effects. Doing it actually makes you feel good even if you’re not feeling good in the moment.
♥How about starting to walk daily in this nice crisp air? This is a good season to start and we know that walking can get you out of a rut and boost chemicals in your brain to make you happier.
♥ Try to get some good sleep. Although sometimes easier said than done, sleep is vital to your mood and overall well being.
♥ Watch an old movie that made you laugh. There’s even a record or video of pure laughter and if that doesn’t do it for you, I’d be very surprised. You’ll be amazed how that simple act can lift the veil of gloom.
♥Tap community resources. Recreation centers, libraries, museums, places of worship and colleges host free and low-cost community events. They will welcome you.
♥ Protect yourself from people who stress you out. You can always get back to them at another time in your life.
♥ Meditation is always helpful so set aside time each day for reflection. You’ll be surprised how helpful this introspection can be.
♥ Eat healthy and try to stay away from the sugar, salt, and too many carbs. Try fish, salads, nuts, beans, whole grains, and water – drink it all day.
So if you want to get through the holidays all the while experiencing great energy, vim, and vitality try the above tips this week and hopefully you will begin to feel better.
Then join us next week for more of the same.
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