Beat The Holiday Blues: 7 Ways To Feel Better Faster

young woman covering head with her handsFor many people, the holiday season is a time of merriness and cheer, while for others it is a time of profound sadness and loneliness.

It has been my experience that the holiday season is a major stressor for many people because:

1) It may intensify already existing feelings of sadness and isolation in those dealing with depression or bereavement.

2) There is so much focus on the commercialism of the holidays that focus is placed on material wealth, which in our current economy has drastically changed for thousands of people.

However, here are some ideas that may help combat holiday depression:

1. Get active
By simply engaging in any type of aerobic activity, such as brisk walking or running, for at least 30 minutes and up to 45 minutes can help improve mood.  Ideally, you should do this activity at least five days a week to reap additional benefits such as improvement in some cognitive abilities and weight loss or maintenance.