As a self-help mentor, this article will assist you on discovering how to add simple steps to your life to help slow the aging process.
Do You Have the Holiday Blues?
This is the time of year when everyone is busy with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas and myriads of other holiday celebrations around the globe. It could leave you feeling a bit lonely or blue, especially if you are not surrounded by friends and family. Even those with a large family may dread the time they must spend with them and begin to feel lonely or depressed, as if you have no one special to spend time with this holiday season. Just remember that feeling a bit blue is normal and a part of our human journey. The following tips will help you to beat the blues in no time flat.
Food Can Affect Your Mood
Most experts agree that what you eat will affect your mood. If you have a daily diet consisting of fatty or fried foods, and foods with high sugar content such as bakery items, cake, and candy, then you cannot expect highly functioning cognitive abilities. Switching to a nutritious diet will help maintain a healthy mind and body connection.
Do not feel that you don't have enough time or money to consume good food. You not only deserve to treat yourself well, but it takes only minutes to switch to a simple diet of basic foods, such as, meat, fish, eggs, grains, vegetables, and dairy foods, and drink water to keep those cells hydrated and functioning well.
A tip to save time is to cook dinner for the entire week by making a pot of fresh vegetable or meat stew, or boil pasta or rice. Then, each day add fresh or frozen vegetables, tomato sauce for the pasta, or try zero calorie butter spray to add flavor. Be creative with your food and experiment with lemon juice over pasta or rice, or a pesto sauce.
If you start preparing your meals at home will not only save you money, but you can invite a neighbor, friend, or co-worker over for dinner to sample your recipes which will boost your mood and theirs too.
Exercise and Fitness
Sometimes we get too caught up in the holiday buzz of shopping, worrying about the guest list for dinners, or thinking about that holiday office party, and you just get overwhelmed and depression may set in. The best thing to do is to make sure you are taking regular breaks each day, or when you get home, put aside any holiday planning. Take an exercise class or workout at home. Take a walk around the block or drive to a park or nature preserve and walk for awhile by yourself. Sit on the bench and take stock of the things you are grateful for right now. By emptying your mind and focusing on your physical self will help bring you a much needed mental break to ease any feelings of depression or anxiety.
It's Okay to be Alone
If you feel lonely this holiday season, rest assured that it's okay. We all feel lonely, even in a room full of people. Whether you have someone in your life or not, first be okay with yourself, be okay with being alone. Take a walk outdoors in nature, or if you're in the city, walk to a local park or to a sidewalk coffee shop and enjoy people-watching as you sip your favorite coffee drink or herbal tea. Let your mind wander on dreams of how you want your life to look this same time next year. You will find that the universe will connect with your thoughts and feelings of peace and contentment, and you'll see your dreams unfold before your very eyes as we head into the new year and beyond.
Adopt a Pet
Sometimes taking care of a furry friend can take the focus off ourselves and get us out of a depression. If you can, why not think about going to your local animal shelter and adopting a pet? If you get a dog, they will get you outdoors and socializing with other dog owners in no time flat. The interaction you have with others sharing a common interest will boost your spirits. You can participate in dog training classes to meet new friends. If you're a cat lover or small animal lover, why not join a club or online class on caring for your new furry friend? If you cannot have a pet where you live, you can volunteer at a local animal shelter which will not only boost your mood, but you will be connecting with both people and animals and any feelings of loneliness will soon disappear.
Do Not Neglect Daily Chores
Whether you're busy with holiday planning or feeling down in the dumps, sometimes we start to neglect our daily chores. But this only leads to more holiday blues. You may start to feel overwhelmed or have a sense of despair as if you're running out of time and will never accomplish everything you need to do. However, never neglect your daily routine. Whether you work outside the home or not, remember to keep a routine. Get dressed, take a shower, fix your hair, and start a daily routine of cleaning the house, maybe shoveling snow in your driveway, whatever your daily chores are, never neglect them. When you keep doing physical activity, it will help stimulate and grow new neural pathways in your brain for healthy functioning and it will spark new ideas and promote creativity.
Create Your Own Holiday Tradition
Whether you are alone this holiday season or not, you do not have to follow the pack and have a big Christmas tree or buy a lot of gifts if you don't want to. A lot of people are starting to forgo the family traditions and are paving their own way in this world. If you're alone, decide what the holidays mean for you. They can be a nice break in your routine of working everyday at the office. Maybe you want to curl up on the sofa and read books or take a solo trip to the beach or to a ski lodge. It is okay to be alone and never feel lonely. If you have someone special to share the holidays with, make sure they are on board with any new tradition you want to set. Most people want a peaceful holiday season where they can sit back and reflect on how far they've come in this life. All of us want to think about creating a secure future whether it's alone or with people we choose to be with, not forced to be with, which is the key to beating the holiday blues.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2022 Nancy M