It’s hard to imagine how the holidays could be anything but joyous. Yet, for many, this time of year can trigger the holiday blues — temporary feelings of sadness or anxiety. Feeling blue is completely normal, though there are a few easy way you can boost your mood.

Be selective. Increased outings can cause unnecessary stress. Be selective about the events you attend so that you can enjoy each holiday gathering to its fullest.

Simple activities can prevent burnout during the holidays.

Simple activities can prevent burnout during the holidays.

Manage expectations. Alleviate the pressure of the holidays by finding ways to celebrate with-
out burning yourself out. For example, prepare a special dish instead of undertaking the entire holiday meal.

Create new memories. Balance old memories by creating new ones. Starting a new holiday tradition is a great way to positively build up anticipation for the season.

Find good company. Pick up the phone and call a family member. Visit with an old friend. Invite your neighbor over for lunch. Sometimes, just
being in good company is enough to improve your mood.

Schedule downtime. For every activity you plan, pencil in some downtime. Looking after your health will keep you feeling refreshed and energetic all-season long.


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