Affordable Ways to Avoid the Winter Blues

Posted on 11/30/2011

We expect our life to look like a Norman Rockwell painting and when it doesn’t, it’s common to feel down. Those unmet expectations coupled with financial pressures and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) create what’s also known as the winter blues. Combat this bout of sadness without giving yourself more money worries.

Manage Holiday Stress
If you can better manage your holiday stress you’re less likely to get overwhelmed. Experts advise getting plenty of sleep to help you handle the rush of the season. Avoid eating or drinking too much because a good diet will impact your mood.

Step into the Light
The lack of sun in the winter can trigger SAD. It’s dark when you go to work and often dark when you go home. Studies show that exposure to bright lights may help. You might even want to try the Trademark Sunlight Floor Lamp, $51.99 at

Set a Budget

Many Americans say they’ll be setting a holiday budget so they don’t overspend on gifts, decorations and travel. This is important if you want to avoid the winter blues because financial stress can lead to feelings of depression. Sticking to your budget will make you and your bank account happier.

Enjoy Company
While planning all of those parties and preparing for house guests can be stressful, it’s actually our loved ones that can keep us out of the holiday funk. Focus on the important stuff—the people you love. Cherish the time you have together and try not to focus on whether or not every last detail is perfectly in place.

Take a Time Out
Kids may hate them, but medical experts say taking a time out several times a day can be beneficial for adults. Take a few minutes to breathe deeply, meditate or pray. Those peaceful moments can help you to stay centered in the midst of the holiday bustle.

By Alison Storm

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