A recent article at Health.com highlights 11 tips to avoid many of the common triggers that set off holiday depression. They range from lack of sleep to family tensions, too light exercise and overeating and drinking.
We were particularly interested in the suggestion by Jeffrey Greeson, Ph.D. at Duke University. In the article, he commented on the importance of exercise in improving mood. “The more stress we are under, the less time we fell like we have, and the more irritated our mood, the more we need to continue exercising,” he explained. “Get out and do something; it helps use those calories from rich, fatty, sugary holiday foods.”
The article notes that taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes each day is enough to improve mood.
For ten additional tips on avoiding holiday triggers, read the article 11 Tips for Avoiding Holiday DepressionTriggers.