With the arrival of fall and the changing of the temperature, there is no denying that the holiday season is just around the corner. For many, it seems that with each passing year, Halloween approaches more quickly, Thanksgiving happens in the blink of an eye and Christmas decorations are being put out before we’re ready for them.
The holiday season is supposed to be a cheerful time because it is a time for family to gather, love to be shared and memories to be made. But for some, the holidays can be a difficult time and can trigger deep feelings of loneliness or anxiety.
Coping with the loss of a friend or family member, not having the time or money to travel to be with loved ones or feeling financially strained are all serious reasons that one might feel sadness during the holiday season. The holiday season can seem especially hard for the many people faced with these issues and many people struggle with finding healthy solutions to battle the holiday blues.
Fortunately, there are few simple steps you can take to help your mind and body feel better.
Think positively & live in the moment. Having an overall optimistic attitude can tremendously improve your state of emotional wellbeing. Think of the true meaning of the holidays, this new chapter in your life and new memories to be made. Don’t invest your time feeling hopeless about the past, but instead, decide to grow from your what you cannot change. A positive outlook makes you happy and happiness makes you healthy!
Exercise and spend time outside. Exercising can be done in your living room but getting outside in the cooler months is sometimes not easy to do. Make an effort to get outside, even if you just take a short stroll or sit on the porch with a cup of hot chocolate, because spending a few minutes outside can make you feel restored in many ways. Sunlight and fresh air can replenish your energy and make you feel renewed.
Socialize. Being alone when you’re feeling blue can lead to more feelings of sadness and anxiety. Make plans – even it is just meeting for coffee. Being around a friend or a group of friends can change your perspective quickly and make you feel a lot less alone. Likewise, having someone to talk to is comforting and is a great form of therapy.
Buy a houseplant. Wintertime can seem depressing because everything is bare and frosty. Nurturing a house plant can help remind you that there can be new, green life even in the cold months. Caring for a living thing will also give you a sense of purpose and pride.
Consider a Pet. Numerous studies have shown having a pet can be very therapeutic. The companionship and love shared by a companion animal offers many benefits. Heartland Medical is proud to serve the Veterinary community through our Veterinary Products Division.
All of these actions can significantly dispel the holiday blues and should help with the tension that can sometimes accompany the commotion of the season.
If you struggle with continuous or highly increased depression symptoms during this time of year, you may have a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). If you think you or a loved one might be suffering from SAD, seek professional help to discuss your condition.