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Many people talk about the holiday blues – maybe you've even felt them in past holidays. Psychologists tell us there are a lot of emotional reasons for feeling some depression. Have you ever thought that there might also be some physical reasons – some holiday habits and traditions that trigger the blues?

Many people eat too many sweets at the holiday and too much sugar can cause depression. Sugar can be addictive.  It causes us to feel a quick energy, then a low feeling as the sugar leaves our bodies.  We crave more sugar to get back that good feeling, and we eat more sweets.

So, not only are we putting our bodies through highs and low, but we're also putting on all that extra weight, which in itself can add to depression.  Add to it that we're exercising less during the busy cold months.  Exercise helps keep our brains healthy, because it helps replenish the chemical in our brains which cause us to feel happier.  There you have it – more sugar and sweets, and less exercise add up to the ingredients for holiday blues. 
So, what can you do about it?  Consciously try to eat more vegetables, high fiber foods, and other healthy foods; drink more water, and find natural opportunities to exercise: 
  •  Deliver your neighborhood holiday cards in person.
  • Organize a neighborhood Christmas Caroling walk.  You'll burn calories while you boost your community spirit.  If you're craving a big fat sweet dessert, take a 20 minute walk. It may help curb the sweet attack, and at the very least, you'll get some exercise during the intermission.
  • Try this - get on your stationary bike or get out your walking shoes and set a goal to "take Mary and Joseph's journey" from Nazareth to Bethlehem over the 12 days of Christmas.  It's about 70 miles as the dove flies.

Take time to evaluate if you might be setting yourself up for those holiday blues.  Then develop some habits to keep your body and your mind healthy!

posted on: 12/23/2008 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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