The holiday season is a time for cheer, joy, and celebration. You gather with family and friends to celebrate your own holiday traditions and you even enjoy some time away from work.
However, it can also be a time of stress, sadness, anxiety and even loneliness. The holiday blues affect many of us and they can be tough to shake. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to lift your spirits and help you enjoy the holiday season.
1. Escape Social Media
Connect with close friends the old fashioned way: By phone, in person, or even via text messages. Unlike Facebook, where you're often getting the “highlight reel” of people you haven't seen in years, you'll get better satisfaction hearing updates from people actually have a true relationship with.
When you suffer from the holiday blues, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut and skip workouts. By doing so, you're depriving yourself of exercise-induced endorphins that can help boost your mood. Challenge yourself to exercise when you least feel like it.
3. Do Something Different
Lift yourself out of your rut by trying something new, whether it's a new exercise class, a restaurant you've never tried, or even taking a new route to work in the morning.
Channel your inner Sinatra and sing out loud — in the shower, in your car, anywhere. You may not land an album deal, but you'll feel a lot better.
Want to feel better about yourself? Do something for others. There are many volunteer opportunities over the holidays, from distributing gifts to the less fortunate, to helping serve a holiday meal to the homeless. Moreover, you can have friends join you and make a real impact.
6. Walk It Off
Similar to No. 2, you can shake off those blues by doing something active. Even a simple stroll around the block can help clear your head when something isn't going well at home or work.
7. Keep Track Of The Positives
It can become easy to get bogged down in the negatives, like what you don't have, or the stress of the season. Make a list of all the things you are grateful for in your life.
8. Get Moving
Whether it's signing up for an exercise class, or making a list of Christmas activities you enjoy (perhaps taking a drive to enjoy the holiday lights), taking that first step of doing something positive can help lift your mood.
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