How to Beat the Holiday Blues Article of the week December 10-14, 2018

In last week's article of the week I talked about an important action step you can take to reduce the chances of succumbing to the Holiday Effect.  Do you remember what the Holiday Effect is?  Do you remember what that action step is?  If not, make sure you grab last week's article and read it before proceeding. 

Another one of the themes in last week's article was the stress of the holiday season.  Hopefully you are planning ahead and checking off commitments ahead of time to reduce the stresses come Christmas day.  Another manifestation of stress at Christmas comes in the form of the “holiday blues”.  For people without a partner, or for those who don't have a lot of family or live far away from family, the holidays can be a time of loneliness and sadness.

What are some things that you can do if you want to reduce the holiday blues this season?  First of all, you will want to make sure you stay on track with your chiropractic care.  A recent study just published in November 2018 documented a 30 year old woman's battle with anxiety and depression and how her chiropractic care played a part in her discontinuing her use of anti-depressant medication.  Adjustments relax your nervous system and leave you in a state of peace and calm.

On top of that, there are other things you can do that will elevate your mood if you find yourself feeling down in the weeks to come.  Here is a list of bullet points that you can experiment with to bring you more holiday cheer:

take a chance and call someone that you feel might be lonely like you.  Social interaction has been shown to be one of the best remedies for depression

resist the temptation to isolate – get up and get out of the house, or invite a guest over even if it's only for a short time

forget perfection – some people feel pressure to make the holidays perfect for others around them – reduce the fanfare and focus on the simple traditions that make the holidays special

begin a tradition that helps the less fortunate – when you take your eyes off yourself and focus on helping someone else it creates a state of gratitude and happiness

plan ahead so you get adequate sleep – there are studies that show sleep deprivation leads to depression

go for a walk, preferably during daylight hours – both exercise and natural light are proven remedies for depression

supplement – the 2 most important supplements for depression are Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which are available here at the office

I sincerely wish that each of you will experience peace, joy and happiness this Christmas and in the days leading up to the holiday season.  While many others around you are struggling with busyness, stress, anxiety, depression and sadness, I want to equip you with some strategies that will help you escape the rat race!

Again, I want to say a massive THANK-YOU to all of you who have been handing out Gift of Health Christmas cards.  We have connected with many people who are going to have better futures thanks to your caring and effort.  It's not too late to get additional cards and pass them on if you need more.


Dr. Tim


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