While everyone around you smiles and prepares for the holidays, do you feel sad? You are not alone. These ideas can help!
Feeling melancholy during the holiday season is quite common. Incessant holiday music and extra preparation demands can plague anyone, from seniors to teens. Keep the blues at bay with these ideas and tips.
Boost your energy. Proper sleep and excellent nutrition are essential this time of year. The high stakes demands of family, friends and coworkers can wear on a person. If you maintain the basics of good health, you'll handle everything better.
Put yourself first. Think carefully before agreeing to host that huge holiday party or to bake a dozen cookies for every neighbor on your block. How will you feel at the end of the day? Be realistic and say "no" in a kind manner.
Avoid alcohol. Holiday parties abound this time of year, along with the alcoholic beverages they offer. Drinking may seem like a great way to relax, but the depressant effects kick in surprisingly fast. Instead, limit yourself and match alcohol with an equal or greater quantity of water.
Embrace your feelings. Missing a loved one this holiday season? If you're far from family or if a dear one has passed away, go through a photo album or visit the cemetery; it's important to acknowledge your feelings of sadness. And then try to move on. Enjoy some self-time or go out and mingle. Support groups can help every type of person in any situation.
Be in the moment. Take a minute or two to treasure the here and now fully. Whether in your car outside the mall or desperately searching for that cranberry bread recipe before guests arrive, pause. Breathe in. Breathe out. Count a few blessings and carry on. You are strong!
Central Florida Regional Hospital wishes you a healthy holiday season. We are here for you. Call us with your questions or concerns, night or day at our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-800-445-3392.