3 Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues

December 25, 2014

3 Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues

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Man it gets hectic around the holidays.

  • People get stressed out trying to find just the right gifts,
  • everybody wants a piece of your time (for the best reasons of course!),
  • and there’s so much you have to get done in time or everything will be RUINED!!

Whoa.

That doesn’t even sound fun.

Here are some ways to take it down a notch and reconnect with the spirit of the holidays.

1. Take Some Down Time

You don’t have to accept every invitation that comes across your monitor.

It’s winter – the days are shorter, it’s colder, your body wants to rest and hibernate a little bit. Instead of rushing in a frenzy from party to gathering to celebration, skip a couple and snuggle in at home.

  • Make some hot tea,
  • put on your favorite movie (heck, make it a marathon!),
  • and just chill for a bit.

The holiday hustle and bustle will all still be out there when you’re ready to re-emerge.

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2. Take Some Gym/Workout Time

I know, sounds tiring, but how often during the holidays do you get to do something that’s purely for you, and purely reflective?
  • Exercise boosts those endorphins and makes you feel good both mentally and in fact, there’s almost nothing that makes you feel as good and powerful and in control as a good workout!
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3. Give Some To Those In Need

Helping others will give you a boost.
  • Now’s a good time to volunteer at your local food bank or soup kitchen (always is a good time, but they tend to get slammed during the holidays).
Like animals?
  • Your local shelter needs dog walkers and people to socialize kittens (this is literally just hanging out with a pile of kittens, a known mood lifter!)

It’s good for you and it’s good for society!

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 And of course, be sure to eat healthy, get some sleep, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

The holidays will be better for everyone in your life when you spend a few hours taking care of you, mentally and physically.

Good luck!




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