How To Survive The Holiday Blues

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Musings by ©Patricia Feager, 12/20/2016


As we come into the home stretch for the holidays, brace yourself for last minute things to do. This is one time of the year when you can take things personally.


Taking Things Personally

Are you getting enough sleep? What about meals? Are you rushing through the day skipping meals or not remembering what you ate or even if you ate a meal? If so, you’re not alone. Nature calls – are you taking enough bathroom breaks or are you making everyone else a higher priority? If you don't take care of yourself, you can't effectively take care of anyone else. 



Is your vehicle ready for winter? When was the last time your windshield wipers were checked? How are your tires? Antifreeze? Will you commit to putting gas in your car every time you’re down to a quarter of a tank of gas? Is your heater working? Are you paying attention to the number of miles and do you know what maintenance is due or overdue? Are your windows clean, including rear-view mirrors and taillights? Is your car working effectively and is it safe to drive? Is your driver’s license and auto insurance current? Do you have adequate insurance? When was the last time you sat down and talked to your insurance company? You deserve to receive excellent Customer Service.



Your body needs to run like a well-oiled machine. Stress causes problems. Are you taking time out to take care of you? Are you due for an annual examination for yourself, your eyes, teeth or something else? Happy hours and Wine Down Wednesday are not a prescription for good physical, emotional, financial, or mental health. Relaxing on the couch watch the news is NOT relaxing. 



How is your bank account? Do you feel obliged to spend money you don’t have just because it’s the holidays? Anything you buy today that you can’t afford today will not make you feel any better later on. Staying competitive by spending money on things you can’t afford doesn’t help you at all. Think before you spend or press charge. If all you had one one penny, what would you do with it?


Suggestions for the Holiday Blues

Read a good book and hold it in your hands. Feel the pleasure of turning the pages with your fingers. Find something inspiring or enjoyable to read and stay away from drama, tension, murder mysteries, and crazy people, even the ones written about in books. Avoid anxiety!

Abstain from caffeine and sugar. Enjoy the touch, feel and smell of an apple or other fruit and vegetables. Play with your food and make something creative that’s festive. Take your time chewing your food; then go brush your teeth and floss. Go wash out your mouth!

Exercise, eat and sleep well. Play games that stimulate problem-solving and interactive games with family and friends. Put your Cell phone to bed by unplugging it before you retire. If you don’t feel like exercising at the gym or using a treadmill, reach up to the top of your cabinet shelves and rearrange the dishes. You might find useful items you don’t need that you can donate to charity. Giving is better than receiving. Your goal is to receive peace and relaxation and not hang on or acquire more holiday blues.   

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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

No Blues here, I take my walk in the woods everyday...Keeps me on the right path.

Dec 20, 2016 07:29 PM #1
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The Holidays are a tough time is the personal life is in a state of flux.  being around friends and family that you trust and are positive helps some but isn't the end all

Dec 20, 2016 07:41 PM #2
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

What a great list of ideas to cure the blues!  I love how you described holding, feeling the fruit! I'm a creature of bad habits - (cheese and crackers are my weakness) - so I needed that, even if I'm not suffering from the blues!

Dec 20, 2016 08:29 PM #3
Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900
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Getting enough true rest is a huge one-and one that cures a lot of other issues.

Dec 20, 2016 10:13 PM #4
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
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Hi Patricia Feager - a lot of good advice packed into this blog.  I took a couple of days to recharge the batteries down south and do some real Christmas shopping.  Now I am ready to tackle the world!  

We should also be cognizant of those around us who may be experiencing the "Holiday Blues". Sometimes just a caring shoulder to show your support is all a good friend needs to get through. 

Dec 21, 2016 06:19 AM #5
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Very sensitive post and a very real concern. It's easy to forget that this can be a very depressing time of year for some people. Your heart is always so open Patricia.  Rest and exercise are magic bullets, it seems. 

Dec 21, 2016 09:01 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Patricia --- everything in balance -- a timely reminder for how our behavior and thoughts have an impact....this season and all-year long.   

Dec 21, 2016 09:22 AM #7
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Patricia, thank you for this post. I think this time of year in particular it's easy to forget that it's not all happiness. For many it's a depressing time. Taking care of ourselves is important and I think getting enough rest can help with so much. Very thoughtful post. 

Dec 21, 2016 10:48 AM #8
George Souto
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Patricia that is very good advice, especially about taking time to take care of ourselves first.

Dec 21, 2016 11:22 AM #9
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
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Well, I had to pretty much checkmark all of these as DONE! Except for the caffeine and (occasional) sugar! I limit it to 2 cups per day at the most. Sugar--well, that's a moving target! I am all about really GOOD sugar, though, like very well-made candy. Occasionally I bake. YUM. But, I am a moderate in all things. 

And I've had a recent love affair with pink grapefruit! Hah! Love ya, honey and hope you're taking your wise words to heart for your OWN good. 

Dec 21, 2016 02:09 PM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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The holiday period is a difficult time for many individuals.

Let's share some good cheer and kind actions with everybody we meet.

Dec 21, 2016 05:03 PM #11
George Souto
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Patricia that is very good advice, especially about taking time to take care of ourselves first.

Dec 21, 2016 06:28 PM #12
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
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Thank you for sharing your insight . . . . many people people get into a Holiday depression.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 22, 2016 07:27 PM #13
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