Motivation Monday – Mental Health and the Holiday Blues

19 Dec

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If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the holidays, you’re not alone – seasonal stress and depression affects thousands of people this time of year. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to fight back against wintertime blues. Here are a few tips for taking care of your mental health amidst the stress of the holidays:

Get some exercise.
Getting in a 30-minute workout session a few times a week will help your brain produce natural, mood-boosting endorphins to help combat depression and anxiety. Take a Pilates class and get the added calming benefit that comes with control, focus, and release.

Get cozy.
Research has shown that warmth can enhance mood!  Now you have a great excuse to curl up by the fire in your pajamas with a good book or enjoy that cup of hot cocoa – it can be instantly uplifting.

Take time to rest – GET A FULL NIGHT’S SLEEP.  This time of year often feels like a marathon of shopping, traveling, events and entertaining. Needless to say, it’s exhausting. Making sure you’re allowing your body AND mind the time needed to recover – it is crucial to get through the season.

Take the focus off of you.
Doing good by volunteering or helping a friend in need can help put things in perspective, and remind you of how valuable you are to your friends, family and community.  Pay it forward, smile at strangers and be nice!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday!   Be good to people.  Be good to yourself.  

~Dayna
PX Studio

Article Sources:
Be Nice (www.beniceonline.com)
Psych Central (www.psychcentral.com)
Hopkins Medicine (www.hopkinsmedicine.org)
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