Now that Thanksgiving is officially over, many of us have moved on quickly to prepare for the holiday season. Between now and January 7th, there are many reasons to celebrate for lots of people: Advent, St. Nicholas Day, St. Lucia Day, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Epiphany - forgive me if I have forgotten any.
As some of us celebrate, many are also facing challenging times due to the loss of loved ones or challenging relationships. For those who are suffering with grief or anxiety during this time of the season, my heart goes out to you. December is Seasonal Depression Awareness Month and many people struggle this time of year because of colder temperatures, less sunlight, and less opportunity to get outside due to in-climate weather.
If you struggle during this season of festivities, I encourage you to try these tips to help boost your mood:
● Talk with your physician about getting special lighting in your office and/or home that will offset the decreased exposure to sunlight
● Exercise outdoors! Yes, even though the weather might be cold, you can purchase cold-weather gear and exercise outside despite the elements. Exercise has been shown to decrease depression so why not try hiking, sledding, skiing, or snowshoeing with friends?
● Drink hot tea. Peppermint tea can be uplifting and a great way to support both respiratory and digestive health.*
● Aromatherapy. Diffusing essential oils from the dōTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy Kit as I use at home and with my patients is a natural way to influence mood https://www.doterra.com/US/en/p/emotional-aormatherapy-system-kit?OwnerID=223300 3
● Celebrate with friends and family. Surrounding yourself with people you love, trust, and make you laugh could be the best medicine to turn a frown upside-down.
● Take time for yourself too. Rushing from one-holiday party to the next can leave you frazzled. It’s okay to say “no” and set boundaries for yourself so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. Plus, relaxing in your flannel pajamas with a hot cup of tea while watching your favorite movie marathon may be just what you need to rejuvenate.
Take time to enjoy this holiday season. Celebrate AND relax. I wish you the best!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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