Celebrating the Holidays and Overcoming the Winter Blues

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The holidays are often thought of as “the most wonderful time of the year.” Unfortunately, there are also many people who suffer from seasonal depression, or get the “holiday blues.” If you struggle to feel happy or motivated this season, try lifting your mood and looking for the joy of the season by:

Engaging in Exercise
Exercise is always an essential tool in the fight against depression and other mood disorders. Regular exercise leads to less anxiety and stress, which in turn relieves symptoms of seasonal depression. If you have trouble finding time to exercise between holiday parties, events, and trips, find a way to incorporate exercise into the holiday plans that you have with your family and friends. Depending on the weather, you could plan family walks, runs, games, snowball fights, or other activities that will get your blood moving while bringing you and your loved ones closer together.

Seeking Out Sunlight
Sunlight cheers you up and gives you more energy, so the more often you are in it, the less of a problem seasonal depression will be. Of course, you can’t control when the sun is shining, but you can position yourself to make the most of sunny days when they do occur. Start by opening your blinds and sitting closer to them. It also helps to spend more time outside; even if it’s cloudy, the outdoor light will help.

Put Flowers in Your Home
According to Harvard research, flowers not only add to the beauty of a garden or room – they are able to improve mental health, especially in the morning. Gazing upon (or taking in the scent of) a vase filled with freshly cut flowers can help lessen anxiety, increase happiness levels and even boost energy. So, try picking or buying a fresh bouquet or two to place inside of your home.

Find New Ways to Celebrate
Holiday parties and celebrations offer a chance to spend time with friends and family. If you find yourself missing a loved one during your holiday traditions, you could try starting new traditions to create new happy memories. You could also find a way to honor your loved one by sharing your favorite stories and memories this holiday season.

Consider Charity Work
Getting out of the house, socializing with others, and contributing to a cause are all powerful ways to lift your mood. By volunteering, you’ll be doing all of these things at the same time. Look for opportunities to help at local soup kitchens, food pantries, and community centers. You’ll find that helping others and helping yourself are one and the same.

Consulting A Counselor
Although following these tips can help lift your mood, there is no substitute for professional psychological care. Whether you’re suffering from seasonal depression, anxiety, or any serious case of holiday blues, you should reach out to talk with someone, whether a family member, friend, or professional counselor. Talking about your thoughts and feelings often helps you to feel better.

The Cypress of Charlotte strives to keep all of its residents healthy and happy no matter the season. For more information about community events, holiday tips, or to talk with someone further, visit our website today.