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Beat the January Blues

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Many psychologists worldwide theorize that January is the most depressing month of the year. Some even say it can lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD. So how can you celebrate the Holidays in usual fashion without feeling a little let down when it’s all over?

Hey, December was a blast! Driving life down a happy highway of gift-giving and present-unwrapping, tickling scents and tasty treats, friends and family gathered together for a special time that comes but once a year.

In the heap and hype of the holidays, you ignore your thinning wallet’s starvation and splurge on your loved ones–or yourself–in a manner likely unequalled by any other time of the year, and all during the heat of an economic downturn. Your soul’s warming cheer makes the cold weather seem like perfect holiday weather. And to top off your New Year’s celebrations, amid your Holiday Season high, you set exciting resolutions that’ll improve your life ten-fold once they’re achieved.

Then your holiday season high ends abruptly when you wake up New Year’s Day.

All the traits that created your holiday cheer suddenly turn on you to create a feeling of January dejection.

While it may be too late to prevent over-eating, over-spending, and over-expecting, it’s never too late to repair the damage. Here are a few suggestions to help you dig yourself out of January depression or steer clear of it altogether.

Be Grateful
One of the best ways to cheer up is to count your blessings. Make a written list of the things you have and how much better life is with them. Though deceptively simple, the act of writing out the things you’re grateful for activates a different part of the brain than just thinking about them. Plus, your list may come in handy later down the road on other blue days.

Get Outside
It may be cold, but going for a walk and breathing in fresh air can refresh your mind and body. Besides, indoor air quality is at its worst during the Winter.

Exercise
Depression, especially in seasonal situations, has been linked to chemical imbalances inside the brain. Exercise is scientifically linked to your brain’s neurotransmitters, which help balance the brain’s chemicals. Though exercise has not been proven to completely cure depression, mental health experts agree that going for a daily jog or hitting the weights can help you work out your worries or subside your struggles.2

Talk
It always helps to talk–to a friend, to a family member, to a loved one. Anybody who will listen will help just by listening. And it never hurts to listen to their struggles, too.

Do What Makes You Happy
It’s a pretty simple concept. If you’re not happy, do something that will make you happy. But don’t indulge in destructive activities that may make you feel good now, but may hurt later down the road like overeating, alcoholism, over-spending, or using drugs. Instead, try to engage in activites that’ll make you happy in short-term and long-term respects. Uplifting activities like playing, reading, exercising, chatting, serving, watching movies, and the like might be the right way to go.

Consider the Circumstances
Depression in January is often a phase. You made it through last January. Rediscover the tools that helped you through last year’s phase and put them to work.

Seek Help
If you can’t seem to climb out of the hole with any of these suggestions, seek help. There are literally thousands of support outlets online. Just search for “depression support” and you’ll find a myriad of help. There’s a lot of help out there because you’re not alone. Depression is a common struggle, especially in January. And if you’re still struggling, visit a doctor or counselor. Medication may be the solution.
1: “Jan. 24 Called Worst Day of the Year” – www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6847012/
2: “Exercise Helps Treat Depression, Many Mental Health Experts Agree”
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/03/17/health/main681456.shtml

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