Holiday Blues Beating Guide
When your holidays are feeling bluer than twinkling lights and tinsel… Health is Available
It’s normal that you don’t feel like a million bucks every moment of every day. When you feel low mentally and energetically for days on end and you can’t get motivated to do the things you enjoy, it’s time to come up with a plan and get to the heart of what ails you.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real condition some people feel when autumn begins and continues into winter. SAD offers depressive symptoms that can leave its sufferers feeling in a perpetual funk. Don’t just tough it out. Left to linger, the internal stress will make a mark that can lead to larger health issues. Making easy changes and reaching for help can shift you up. Your life is meant to feel good all year long.
Others experience loneliness, more stress and overall sadness during the holidays much more so than it being a cheery and grand time of year. Even when you feel blessed and grateful for your life, family and friends; the holidays can bring up feelings of depression, mood and other distressing issues both mental and physical.
Health is available. Take heart because simple aligned choices can help compensate for shorter days, immune systems stressed by closed in conditions, and less than healthful food and drink choices. The time honored saying about doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result… well yes it is not sane. Do something healthfully different to feel better!
5 Ideas to Shift and Uplift You
1. One way or another get some sunshine. Try light box therapy and/or get outside, preferably in the morning hours to soak up some sunshine. Even when your body is covered up to keep you warm, the sunlight is a signaling system to your eyes and brain. A brisk 10 minute walk will nourish and invigorate your circulatory and lymphatic systems. Get more outdoor therapy when you are able and it is available.
2. Allow pleasure. Pick three things you love. People, places, food you know loves you back, and hobbies are all good. Put each of them somewhere on your calendar in the next 10 days. Repeat to keep a happy cycle and feed your soul.
If you can’t take that trip you would love or be with your loved ones, immerse yourself in photos of a happy time you did go there and were together. ‘Time travel’ in your mind; watch movies that remind you of the place and time.
Visit a museum with an exhibit that interests you; or travel to the library and immerse yourself in your dreams.
Call a friend that lifts you up just to say hi. Plan an easy get together. Even if you can’t get together immediately, you will look forward to it.
Plan a favorite meal and buy the best ingredients you can afford.
Turn off the news and turn on some great music.
Dance in the kitchen.
Be creative! Draw. Color in a mandala book. Take photos of nature when you are outside walking.
3. Give something away; either your time or stuff. The beautiful thing about giving is that it connects people in a way that says I see you and I know you are there even though you haven’t met. Imagine the recipient being so grateful. You can even brighten a dog’s day by taking them for a walk; or visit a retirement home and read to the residents or play cards with them, or sit and listen to the stories of the resident’s lives; or read to children at the library.
4. Imagine your life five months from now. Go wild with possibilities! Dream it. Feel it, map it, and take a step toward it. Maybe you shouldn’t quit your job and buy a one way plane ticket to the island you are dreaming of, but you can take a class, talk with someone, gather information and explore possibilities.
5. Allow yourself to rest. Rejuvenation only comes when you are at rest in Body, Mind and Spirit. Good sleep is vital for a good mood. Journaling and simple calming practices like belly breathing can be the basis of deep restorative relaxation. Yes you have responsibilities and by all means fulfill them, but learn to put yourself first. When the day is done, relish what you did accomplish and make time for something you love: a movie, a bubble bath, turning off all the distraction and regrouping with yourself can support restoration.
Don’t settle for ‘Winter Blues’. Seek the help of a professional when you feel low for days on end and taking healthful measures isn’t resolving your inner blues.
Healthful help is always available.
Most people know the right choices for them. Gently feel the great wisdom of you inner spirit. In the quiet times of pause and contemplation, there is much to be learned. Taking easy steps to reboot your mindset and shift your habits can propel you as the catalyst for more of the life you desire. Every season of life can be a new spring of wellness. Engage the Lighten Up Cleanse to transform your habits and super charge you!
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