Did you know that the Holiday Blues affect 25% of the population? And with the holidays approaching, that is a serious amount of people to walk around being depressed, stressed and full of anxiety. I always practice being mindful in the present, and as I thought about this topic I wanted to touch base on reasons one might get these blues, and also some of the things to take away the blues.
Understanding the Risk Factors:
1- Lack of Social Support System
2- Recent Trauma
3- Life Changes
4- Excessive Alcohol/Drug Use
5- Financial Troubles
6- Family Troubles-/Illness
7- Recent Failed Relationship
These are just some things that can put a person at risk for feeling down and out during this time of year. How can one battle these feelings if they begin to occur? You see it is about balancing the demands, getting shopping done, keeping up with family, and having guests, and attending parties. This can all be overwhelming.
I suggest these tips which are all out there, but I have personally spent a season doing most of these, and I can say IT WORKS if you commit.
Know your spending limit
Get Organized- stick with your daily routine and prioritize
Focus on the personal giving
LEARN TO SAY NO
Even consider changing an old customer for doing something New and Out of the Ordinary
If you do find yourself feeling a little blue, either before, during or after the holidays- Get sunlight if possible, because the increase of serotonin helps to promote mood. Cut a lemon or an orange, and smell citrus, as smelling scents such as this assists in well-being and alleviating stress. Go for a long walk; walking tranquilizes the brain, and helps your mood and well-being.
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Seems to make sense; good insight here. Those of us in the northern climates are especially at risk for this, because the days are so short and cold (lol, it was 70 today, but that's *very* unusual) here. I've found the simplest things help - the company of friends, even if it's just to complain about how miserable the weather is, going to the mall, and remembering that the joy of the holidays isn't the commercialized picture it's become - it's being with family and friends, relaxing, and enjoying what we have while not dwelling on what we don't have.
Yes, even here in the Sunshine State, I have much family and many friends in the Midwest who suffer during short, cold gloomy days, so the come see me... thanks for your input.