By CATHRYN PARKE

With Thanksgiving just behind us and December on its way, it’s time to think about the holidays.

While most are looking forward to seeing family and friends, some of us will be dreading the approaching season. Though excitement is the focus of the holidays, feeling blue or down in the dumps may be the norm for some.

Dealing with seasonal bouts of depression requires some adjustments. If the festive season finds you feeling depressed, the acronym “DRESS UP” offers seven ways to conquer the holiday blues.

Diet is essential to strengthen not only your body, but to elevate your emotions. Cut back on sugar, caffeine and carbs.

Relax more: Find time every day to free your mind of stressful thoughts.

Exercise: Walking 10 to 15 minutes a day can do wonders to lift your spirits.

Sleep: Try to get up and go down with the sun for at least seven to eight hours a night.

Social: Make time to socialize with someone you enjoy each day. You will feel better.

Unplug technology: Limit your time online and on your phone. It will make a difference in your outlook.

Play: Don’t forget to do something fun by yourself or with others each day.

DRESSing UP your holiday will give you the opportunity to push away the blues so you can begin enjoying those fleeting moments with friends and family.

Besides, why should everyone else have all the fun?

Parke is a student in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling program. If you have a mental health question, please write to: Mental Health Moment, The Courier, P.O. Box 609, Findlay 45839.

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