Six Tips to Beat the Holiday Blues
‘Tis the season to be jolly. However, for some it may be a difficult time if money is tight, you’re stressed, you’re lonely or if you are mourning the loss of a loved one.
If you find that you are feeling down for whatever reason, here are six ways to help you beat the holiday blues:
1. Be around friends and family – Reach out to your network of friends and family, and set some time to just hang out, watch a funny movie or schedule a fun activity.
2. Support groups – Search online for a local support group for the type of issue you are going through. If you think it might be depression, call 562.698.0811 Ext. 82022 for a depression screening through PIH Health.
3. Exercise – “By exercising, you will not only become healthier but it also releases endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in your body, which should improve your mood,” said Scott S. Lee DO, a Family Medicine physician with PIH Health.
4. Volunteer – If you are lonely, volunteering is a great way to get out of the house and meet others. You’ll have interactions with others and also feel good about helping those or a cause in need.
5. Purge and donate items – If you have extra items lying around the house, box them up and donate them to a local shelter or donation site for those who are less fortunate. If you have the means, many local organizations also hold clothing, food and toy drives during the holidays.
6. See a doctor/ therapist – If you truly feel that you are down and blue, perhaps making a trip to the doctor or therapist can help you. Talking with someone who is a neutral party can help you work through what is bothering you and on your mind.