Sugar and Spice Advice … Beating the winter blues

Lend a helping hand
Lend a helping hand

Winter blues, post-Christmas let down, family demands, and financial concerns can leave you stressed and depressed. If you have a case of the humbugs, try these tricks for finding relief.

Write it out. Even when clouds block the view of the stars, we can keep in mind they’re still twinkling. Jot down your negative feelings, but also take time to record your blessings. Being grateful can really change one’s perspective.

Walk it out. When we feel loaded down with so much to do, exercise oftentimes gets left out. If you don’t exercise, you miss out on the production of endorphins, the natural chemicals that help produce a good mood. Activate your feel-good hormones by breaking away from the hustle and bustle taking time for short sessions of activity. Research shows that even a 10 minute walk can help lift depression.

Hand it out. Nothing breaks up a personal pity party like stepping up to help someone else. Volunteer. It doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate. Serve meals at a shelter. Gather up items from around your home and donate them to a local thrift store. Your cast-offs can be someone’s treasure, at a reasonable price. The additional benefit – less clutter at home. Less clutter – less stress. Or simply bake cookies for an elderly neighbor. Doing good for others is a magic balm for one’s own melancholy.

Be Happy! Live well!

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