Feeling stressed, sad, or depressed during the holiday season? You are not alone. The holiday season can bring on an array of activities, guests, additional cooking, etc along with your regular work schedule. Or maybe it heightens your feelings of loneliness.
Theses thoughts and feelings can have a negative effect on your health and even ruin your holidays. Some helpful things to do:
1. Acknowledge your feelings. If you have recently lost a loved one....it is normal to feel sadness and grief. It is ok to cry.
2. Reach out. Participate in church or community groups. Call your friends or family members. Volunteer and help others is a good way to lift your spirits and to meet new friends.
3. Set realistic expectations and plan ahead. It is ok to say no. Often we over extend ourselves, not wanting hurt anyone's feelings. Get enough rest and take mental breaks throughout the day. Treat yourself to something you enjoy...special music or a bubble bath.
4. Try an experiment! Get a journal and every night before bed, take 5 minutes to write down everything you are grateful for -- it can be places, people, pets, nature -- anything! Do this for the month (or don't stop, continue through every day of the year). Gratitude works! It can heal, energize, and change your life. Try it and let us know what you notice.
For more ways to improve and optimize your health, call the premier Wellness Center in the valley, Foresight Chiropractic Wellness Center at 480-525-7841. The doctors are Board Certified in Atlas Orthogonal, a very gentle and precise chiropractic technique, partnering with families to care for children from birth to 100, athletes and sports enthusiasts for over 16 years.