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Some Easy Tips for Fighting Holiday Blues

Dr. Kiandra Hebert, PhD, MS, Licensed Psychologist
Four Rivers Behavioral Health

  • Meditation: Meditation has been shown to help reduce suicidal thoughts in people struggling with depression.

  • Get Moving! Going for a walk can help reduce depressive symptoms. Spend time outside during the daylight especially with the days getting shorter to help fight Seasonal Depression.

  • Eat more vegetables and drink water: You may be deficient in key nutrients that can bolster your mood. People tend to get overloaded with sweets and comfort food around the holidays which can have a big impact on your mood – and not in a good way!

  • Reduce alcohol consumption: Lay off the eggnog or football beers as drinking too much can worsen your overall mood.

  • Be social: Volunteer, go to a coffee shop or call an old friend. It’s important to be social even when you don’t feel like it.

    Sleep: Get good rest, but don’t oversleep or lay around in bed.

    Learn to say no: 

    The important thing about the holiday is spending time together not having the perfect gourmet meal. Set a time budget and stick to it.

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