Beat the Post-Christmas Blues

Have the Christmas post season blues got you down?

Have you found yourself becoming more depressed by the daily flood of bad news? Do you dread turning on the television? Do you find yourself feeling angry or grouchy more often? Below, we're going to suggest a few things that you can do to get out of feeling this way.

1.  Socialize in person, not by texting.

Force yourself to call up a friend to meet for coffee, a movie, or just to ask them if they’d like to take a brisk walk.

2. Treat yourself with something selfish.

Think of something that you want to do for YOURSELF …  a short trip, a manicure, a haircut, buying yourself a new article of clothing.  Anything that’s not too costly or extravagant.  Think to yourself, “Gee, I deserve this.”  And never feel guilty for experiencing this little pleasure.

3. Purposely help someone else of give them something.

Think about your friends, relatives, someone you know is poor, or a local charity.  Choose a person or cause that appeals to you and decide to give to that person or cause.  It can be your time, a toy, or something monetary.  Giving releases any guilt and can have a great impact on how we feel.  Not only for our mind, but also for our body.

 

 

4.  Rent or go see a comedy.

Laughter is always a great and effective panacea for ills of all kinds.  Studies reveal that laughter creates endorphins that will temporarily or permanently bring you out of a depressed state.  This is a cheap and easy way to reduce chronic pain or dispense of a blue mood feeling.  And it’s fun too.

5. Move out of the Past and into the Present.

Most blue moods are a result of something that has happened to us in the past.  It is vital to your mental state and overall well-being to force yourself to stay in the present.  Hanging onto old hurts, pains, guilt, or anger will do much harm to you emotionally and physically over time.  Living in the present will free up all kinds of positive energy that will heal you emotionally as well as physically.  Follow the old adage, “Forget it and move on.” Or, “Forgive and Forget”.

6. Schedule a walk and keep to it.

Any type of physical exercise whether extended or brief allows you to fight the blues and the funk one feels by sitting or lying down at home brooding or indulging in self-blame or pity.  Remember that you’re not alone and life will be good again.  Think positive with your head high.

4.  Rent or go see a comedy.

Laughter is always a great and effective panacea for ills of all kinds.  Studies reveal that laughter creates endorphins that will temporarily or permanently bring you out of a depressed state.  This is a cheap and easy way to reduce chronic pain or dispense of a blue mood feeling.  And it’s fun too.

5. Move out of the Past and into the Present.

Most blue moods are a result of something that has happened to us in the past.  It is vital to your mental state and overall well-being to force yourself to stay in the present.  Hanging onto old hurts, pains, guilt, or anger will do much harm to you emotionally and physically over time.  Living in the present will free up all kinds of positive energy that will heal you emotionally as well as physically.  Follow the old adage, “Forget it and move on.” Or, “Forgive and Forget”.

6. Schedule a walk and keep to it.

Any type of physical exercise whether extended or brief allows you to fight the blues and the funk one feels by sitting or lying down at home brooding or indulging in self-blame or pity.  Remember that you’re not alone and life will be good again.  Think positive with your head high.

7.  Take a break from ALL social media including Facebook and Twitter.

Always remember that social media is a drug and very addictive.  It is programmed with dopamine producing actions that hook you like a fish.  Do you immediately have to pick up your phone if you hear that alert tone?  Try going 5 minutes without looking at the alert and see how it makes you feel.  If you find your skin crawling or you get anxious, then you’re hooked chemically.  If you follow #6 and do take a walk, leave your phone behind.

8.  Pray Daily.

Many times there is a weight that can’t be lifted by proven methods.  Daily prayer has a real good track record for helping you through depressive times in your lives.  Give it a try and be ready to experience the uplift.

9. And finally, get back to your creativeness.

When in the act of floral designing or any other act of assembly, your mood is altered.  Creativeness shifts us from the right side of our brain to the left side.  If you’re the owner of a shop and do most of the administration stuff, force yourself to get back to creating.  If your business is slow, begin creating new silk designs for your shop.  Put everything out of your mind and concentrate on that task.  And again, put your cellphone out of ear’s reach.  It will be there when you’ve finished.

 

Has anyone noticed one thing that’s common in a lot of these suggestions?  You guessed it.  That dastardly device that has taken over so many lives in today’s homes and work.  Honestly think to yourself, am I happier today than I was before I had my cellphone.  Why have suicide rates exploded over the last 20 years?  Why do families not go out to eat as much as they used to?  No one’s conversing anymore.  They’re texting.

Take a few moments and let us know in the comments below how you cope with “the Blues” and whether it has been successful.  Personally, I’ve noticed that a deficiency of Vitamin D (sunlight) causes a depressive mood during the winter months.  I’ve seen a difference in mood by taking a daily dose of Vitamin D3.

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