Beliefnet holiday tipsIn our latest look at tips for combating the holiday blues, we'd like to share 9 holiday depression busters discussed by Therese J. Borchard, author of "Beyond Blue," on Beliefnet's spiritual mental health blog.

Her nine tips, with our brief summaries, include:

1. Expect the worst—keep expectations reasonable.
2. Remember to SEE – Sleep regularly, Eat well, and Exercise.
3. Beef up your support- reach out to formal and informal support networks.
4. Avoid toxic people--- don't let some people bring out the worst in you.
5. Know thyself—identify your stress triggers.
6. Travel with polyester, not linen –make traveling as simple as possible.
7. Make your own traditions –establish rules that help control stressful situations.
8. Get out of yourself –help others in need.
9. Exercise your funny bone – laughter IS the best medicine.

We wanted to take a closer look at recommendation #2 in particular, as it fits in so well with Perry Wellness Center's own wellness approach:

SEE – The basics of sleep, eating, and exercise can help you beat the holiday blues or make them worse, depending upon how you handle them. Borchard recommends getting 7 – 9 hours of sleep. She also points out the relationship between food and exercise. Holiday treats, with high concentrations of sugar, can be counterbalanced with additional exercise. For example, she recommends walking, swimming, or jogging an extra ten minutes to make up for a holiday dessert.

To find out more about each of these tips, we encourage you to go to the Beliefnet website.

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