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The DO'S and DON'TS of Surviving Anxiety and Depression during the Holiday Season

As we near the last stretch of this Holiday season, take some time to take special care of yourself! Give yourself the gift of happiness because it is truly contagious. Isn't that what we want to give our friends and family?! While there are many ways to de-stress and lift the spirit, here are some DO'S and DON'TS that might help! DO Exercise- Exercising increases serotonin, a chemical in the brain that regulates appetite, mood, and sleep. It is a major factor in our feelings of happiness and helps fight off depression and anxiety that are common in many people during the holiday season. Either stick to your regular workout routine, or branch out and try something new! Yoga, Zumba, Pilates?!

DONT treat the Holiday season as one big marathon- Slow down and enjoy the scenery. Too often we try to get through the holiday season as quickly as possible, causing ourselves unwanted anxiety and stress. If we approach the season with the intention of slowing down, taking it a day at a time, and appreciating the uplifting spirit of the season, we can start the New Year fresh and rejuvenated

DO help others- Volunteer! Help those in need. Support friends and family and SMILE! “How can we expect our children to know and experience the joy of giving unless we teach them that the greater pleasure in life lies in the art of giving rather than receiving.” James Cash Penney

DON'T translate love into money- while gift buying we have the desire to buy extravagant gifts for those we love most. DON’T DO IT! The best gifts come from a thoughtful and loving place- it’s the thought that counts. SERIOUSLY!

DO eat well! - Be aware of your eating habits. You don’t have to deprive yourself of your Grandmothers Famous Holiday Plumb Pudding, but limit yourself and take note of portion sizes.

DON'T set your expectations too high- Forget perfection! If you spend too much time trying to please and impress everyone else while killing yourself over your apricot duck glaze instead of visiting and laughing with your friends you will miss out on some of the most beautiful and memorable moments of the season.

DO remember to breathe- Take a moment to step back and take a deep, deep breath. Oxygen releases endorphins, your body’s natural painkiller, throughout your body leaving you calm, reenergized, and happy. These and other chemicals in the brain allow our bodies to de-stress. Take this moment to meditate and reflect on the beauty of the holidays.

DON'T overcommit yourself- 'Tis the season to be social but don’t overdo it! Your mental, physical, and emotional health will suffer if you commit yourself to every holiday party and event you are invited too. Try to maintain your regular schedule. This will help with not treating the holiday season as a marathon.

EAT, DRINK, and BE MERRY!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from all of us at Studio 26.

Blog by Shelby Terrell