Five Ways To Avoid The Holiday Blues

While the holidays are often thought of as a joyous time, they also can be a time that causes great stress and vulnerability to depression. With short days and limited access to sunlight, winter can cause some people to fall into a depressed state. Coupled with the anxiety of family communication (or lack thereof), this can be a true battle for those vulnerable to episodes of depression.

How do you beat the holiday blues during this time of year? Take a look at some these five methods and vote on one or all of the ones you use to stay in a healthy mood each winter.

  • Get some sunlight and exercise. Fifteen to 30 minutes of sunlight, especially in the morning, will go a long way to alleviating the winter blahs.
  • Adjust your expectations. Don’t let visions of perfection spoil everything.  Learn that most things can be good enough – gifts, food, company, etc.
  • Stay active. exercising can keep you healthy, but can also help keep your mind active and away from things getting you down.
  • Start a holiday tradition. It's easy to reflect back to old times, which can have a somber effect at times. Instead of dwelling on the past, start a new holiday tradition so that you can look ahead to more good times.
  • Do the things you enjoy. The winter is the perfect time to begin a hobby. Tap into your artistic side by creating something unique, start a collection, read a series of books. The little joys of youd daily progress will go a long way.

 

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For more on beating depression during the holidays, visit the Johns Hopkins Medicine health awareness page.

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