Feeling down this holiday season? Ten ways to beat the holiday blues

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By Tanae Howard

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 28, 2014)-- Take a look around this time of year and all signs tell us we should be filled with joy during the holidays. From family gatherings, gift exchanges, and festive decorations--for many people this is truly the most wonderful time of the year.

But that's not the case for everyone.

Child therapist, Jessica Hood says 6% of  the population and that number increases this time of year due to Season Affective Disorder. During the holiday this can be a result of the loss of a loved one, financial stress or the lack of sunshine during the winter months.

Ball State University's Counseling Center released 10 ways to beat the holiday blues.

  • Lower your expectations and accept that no holiday gathering is perfect
  • Make a holiday budget and stick to it
  • Express your feelings by writing in a journal or talking with someone you trust
  • Make a plan and realistically structure your time
  • Reach out help others by volunteering through your community or church
  • Watch your alcohol consumption, since it is a depressant
  • Exercise by taking a walk or doing yoga. Such activities will help release endorphins, the natural opiates
  • Stick to your usual eating habits. Plan your meals and try not to consume too much at holiday parties
  • Don’t compare yourself to others. You don’t have to have the best light display in the neighborhood or the best party
  • Think about what is the most important part of the holidays for you and focus on what the holidays mean to you

Therapist also advise if you feel depressed for more than two weeks seek professional advice.

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