Tis’ the season my friends. The holidays are usually a time for love and joy but unfortunately that isn’t the reality for a lot of people. The holidays for those that suffer with depression can be a very lonely time. Whether it’s the stress of holiday shopping, financial burdens or the realization that you haven’t accomplished all the goals you set for yourself this past year and there is only a month left eeekkk! Yes I will own up to that one. Lets keep the holidays jolly and work on being merry!
Sandra D’s Holiday Survival Guide
Never, and I repeat, never skip a work out.That euphoric feeling that you get when you workout is your body releasing endorphins. Think of it as a natural high. If you think that skipping workouts because its the season to eat and celebrate is a good idea I strongly advice you against it. Exercise reduces stress and anxiety and that is just what you may need.
Surround yourself with LOVE. Having a support system is always great. Make time for your loved ones. Plan dinners and outings. Step out of your comfort zone and try new things. Explore new places in your neighborhood and strike up conversations with strangers.
… and speaking of strangers how about a little volunteering. The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others! Knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of others has a very rewarding feeling attached to it and also helps you feel connected to others.
Avoid getting overwhelmed. Prioritize your to-do list. If you have too much on your plate ASK FOR HELP. Don’t have time to turn your house into a perfect replica of a Martha Stewart catalog, guess what.. Its Ok! Organize yourself and focus on what’s really important to you and your family. In my home and making homemade ornaments and baking cookies trumps everything!
Make a happy book. This is the ultimate scrapbooking fun. Find pictures of everything you love and all the adventures you’ve had through out the year. Ok so I know most of us don’t have actual pictures anymore. Simply email them to Walgreens or CVS and they are pretty cheap to print. Whenever you are feeling a bit low open your book and reminisce on the good times!
Life is a beautiful thing. You are in charge of how you are feeling so choose to be happy. Happy Holidays!