Well, we are fully into the swing and busy-ness of the holidays. These three days (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day) are known for the extremes of our emotions: joy and sadness, excitement and exhaustion, hope and discouragement, new starts and despair.
In fact, in spite of the family times and joy, the holidays have more suicide and relapse into addictive behaviors than any other time of the year.
So what do we do about it? Here are three suggestions:
- Get a happy light. Full spectrum light triggers chemistry in our brains that make us happier. This light is lacking in Michigan in the winter, but a happy light on your desk for 20 minutes a day can make a big difference.
- Schedule in quiet times. For 15 minutes a day, pencil in – rather, put it in INK – a time for doing nothing other than thinking on something happy. Make it an affirmation, a song that brings you joy, a Bible verse, or a time of speaking with God. But do it every day.
- Self care. As best as you can, make it a priority to take care of yourself as you pour yourself into others. Eat right, exercise, keep your Chiropractic appointments, and stay hydrated. These self-care steps will keep you ‘together’ enough to enjoy these precious times.
So – three
easy items to help make your holidays a bit less stressful and a bit more enjoyable.
Of course, we are here to help you with these goals. If you would like to add us to your health care team, check us out at our web site, or call us at 517.321.3030
Be well! And stay well!