Health & Wellness Editorial : Dec 1/2 2011

The holiday season is generally thought of as a time of joy and love, but for many people, it’s a time of loneliness. Many live far from family and miss seeing their loved ones this time of year; others dread going to holiday parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations without a partner and end up staying home; it’s also common for people to feel emotional distance from the people they’re with, thus feeling lonely even if they’re in a room full of people. For those who feel lonely during the holidays, this time of year can be a time of additional stress. If you’re experiencing loneliness that causes you stress during the holiday season, the following suggestions can help. [1]

1. Meet Loneliness Head On
It’s ok to feel sad and even lonely on occasion, but before you sink into self pity and despair I encourage you to do something very “yogic.” Take a deep breath and just “BE” in the moment while examining the space you are in. No matter the circumstances, in this moment if you feel alone or sad, understand there are things you can do to combat the “blues bug” head on.

2. Share Fears and Insecurities
Although we do not suggest sharing the most intimate parts of life with total strangers, occasionally a stranger is just what the divine ordered. If you have family or friends that you can confide in, allow them the opportunity to share in your sadness or loneliness and possibly provide some guidance or nurturing for your particular emotional state of being.

3. Get Physically Active
When you are in a state of funk, you activity levels tend to decrease whereby resulting in a chain reaction of negative body reactions and feedback. One of the best things you can do to improve your state of mind is engage in physically and / or mentally challenging activities on a regular basis.

4. Eat a healthy, Mood-Boosting Diet
A healthy body houses a healthy mind and unhealthy diets lead to lethargy and low levels of energy. Constant fatigue makes it harder to get up and get going, and ailments like depression can set in. This unhealthy connection is specifically evident in depression-related eating. Depression is associated with strong urges to eat, therefore monitoring and managing diet becomes a significant part of treating depression. Those who have had any experience with depression would know that depression often leads to an increase in eating binges. Eating foods that alleviate depression is important. [2]

5. Give To Others
One excellent way to feel less lonely during the holidays is to donate your time to a cause you believe in. Helping others who are less fortunate than you can fill you with feelings of love and pride, and even connect you with others who share your passion. You’ll be part of something larger than yourself, and you’ll be immersing yourself in the true spirit of the holiday season. [3]

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