Beat the Winter Blues

The holidays are not always jolly for everyone. For many people, the holiday season brings all sorts of emotions. And it’s not uncommon to feel down during the holidays. There is the stress of getting everything done in time, traffic jams, crowded shopping centers, family issues, traveling and even a time of sadness. Luckily, there are ways to avoid holiday triggers that can make you feel sad.

Avoid alcohol. Alcohol and holidays may go hand in hand. And you may be tempted to drink more when you’re feeling stressed or depressed. Avoid the temptation to drown your sorrows. Alcohol is a depressant. So if you are feeling depressed, it could make things worse.

Get moving. Make exercise a priority! Not only is it good for your physical health, it can do wonders for your mental health. So get out and get moving!   Even if it’s a bit cold outside, being in the outdoors is great because you get sun, fresh air and exercise. Call up a friend or take your dog out for an afternoon walk.

Give from the heart. Don’t break the bank and cause yourself added stress trying to top last year’s extravagant gift. Give gifts from the heart. 

Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Make a list of the important things that need to be done first, and do not sweat the small stuff. So what if you don’t get the lights on the roof when you’d planned to? Or you couldn’t find a certain ornament? We often let tradition rule our lives this time of year. Don’t let the small stuff send you over the edge. Prioritize your checklist. 

Missing a loved one? If you always spent the holidays with a loved one who is no longer with you, avoid the temptation to stay home and dwell on your loss. Start a new tradition to help take your mind off things. Try starting an annual holiday lunch with friends. Or volunteer to serve dinner to the less fortunate. Knowing that you are helping others may seem small, but it can have a huge impact on the lives of others. 

Practice gratitude. Make it a habit to start and end your day by reflecting on the things – and people – you are most grateful for.  

You don’t have to go it alone. BlueChoice HealthPlan offers telephonic health coaching at NO COST to you. Whether you need help managing your diabetes, quitting smoking, or tips to help you cope with stress or depression, we have a program for you. To learn more about all of the programs we offer, visit the Great Expectations for Health Programs section of our website here. Or call us at 855-838-5897.