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Beating the Holiday Blues

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  • If youíre feeling sad, donít expect to feel differently just because itís the holidays. But do reach out to others. Doing something with a friend can yield a quiet warmth of the heart that will nurture you, even if you donít feel like ďcelebrating.Ē
  • If a loved one is absent or a relationship was broken, donít pretend it didnít happen. Talk about missed loved ones and fond memories, and emphasize the positive aspects of a relationship that has been lost. Allow yourself to put more energy into the relationships you do have now.
  • A great way to enjoy more of the holiday spirit is by keeping your focus on genuinely appreciating and caring for others. Ask yourself each morning, ďWho can I show a little more appreciation to, or who can I express more genuine care and kindness to today? It can be as simple as opening the door for someone or telling someone that you appreciate them. Genuine gestures of care and appreciation are often remembered long after the holiday glitter is gone. Youíll find this is a fun gift for the other person and a big gift to yourself in how much better it can make you feel.
  • The holidays are an important time to find a deeper heart connection with people. Make that your focus and priority. Spend more time enjoying people and their holiday spirit, and that can help rekindle your holiday spirit.

More resources: ďOvercoming DepressionĒ is a free resource in the Solutions for Well-Being section on IHMís web site. Transforming Depression -The HeartMath Solution to Feeling Overwhelmed, Sad and Stressed by Doc Childre and myself, provides step-by-step tools for understanding and transforming depression through the power of the heart.

Read more: Depression, Exercises, Family, General Health, Health, Home, Life, Men's Health, Mental Wellness, Nourishing the Heart, Peace, Self-Help, Spirit, Spirituality and Technology, Stress, Women's Health, , , , ,

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Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.


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9:35PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Sounds good , Nice to see so many being both honest and comforting .

I'll try .. But kindness & patience , I'm from NJ !

Okay last part was a joke , Am from NJ though .

Thanks so much for post , And thanks to all these great members for sharing their perspective.

12:43PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Things have a habit of coming to a head around the Xmas period/holidays. We have more time to think & ruminate. This is natural, to a degree, as it allows an oportunity for putting things in perspective & moving on. Accept the feelings/facts & try & let them go. We cannot change the past but can definetly change the future, even if it is our perspective of the future. Talk to others, it does help to externalize the concerns & worries.

1:43PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

it seems I'm not alone in my loneliness, although I'd beg to differ ...

1:56AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

To fight depression, I concentrate on less fortunate and the animals

5:16PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

The thing is, it comes on slowly, slyly, sneakingly in an underpinning way, starting as nothing more than a vague uneasiness, something you could easily dismiss from your mind.........except you can't. It grows. Then, only then, do you realize you might be in trouble. And look for some words of comfort.

This is the 1rst Christmas I have had without my longterm roomate of 12 yrs(just roomates really). I had no idea how much I missed his company(yes a he, but really just roomates-housemates). Since he had never been anything more to me than a roomate, I really didn't think I would have any kind of separation feelings what-so-ever. Wow. I was really wrong.

I was overthrilled when he called to see how I was doing. Just goes to show, relationships can happen whether expected or not.

10:07AM PST on Dec 27, 2012


5:30AM PST on Dec 27, 2012

all you need is light to beat the winter blues and perhaps meds if you have bad depression

4:43AM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Do something'll distract your mind.

2:31AM PST on Dec 27, 2012


2:32PM PST on Dec 26, 2012

thank you!

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