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Shake Off That Christmas Gloom

It may seem odd to be sad at Christmas, arguably the most joyous time of the year for many. However, it can and does happen for a lot of people. If you’re reading this post, I’ll assume that you fall into this category and are hoping for a positive change in the 2017 season. I can’t guarantee you will go through the entire holiday without any despair at all, but the following tips helped me feel more grounded and they can work for you, too.

Unrealistic Expectations

Many of us are taught from childhood that Christmas celebrations are guaranteed to be the happiest time of the year. If something goes wrong, it simply must be your fault.

Life is not the same as you see in movies, and neither is Christmas. Things will go wrong, people will fight, food will turn out badly, people will give and receive awful gifts, etc. Christmas is basically everyday life with an extra glossy coat of paint and more types of unhealthy food to choose from.

Comparing is a Loser’s Game

How often do you compare your life with that of other people? How often do you feel better following those comparisons? We’ll bet the answer is not very often.

Everyone is on a different journey and at a different stage of their life, so comparisons make no sense. Some people make a point of announcing just how happy and blessed they feel this time of year…probably because they just think they should. It doesn’t mean much in the end, so don’t feel bad when your Christmas doesn’t measure up.

Keep Up Healthy Habits

Sure, it’s fine to eat and drink a bit too much this time of year. However, try to continue eating properly the rest of the time, and keep getting that daily 20-30 minutes of exercise.

Lose That Cold Quickly So You Can Enjoy the Holidays!

Nobody likes getting a cold. In fact, on the scale of the Worst Things That Happen in Winter, colds rank only slightly higher than sliding off the road into a ditch. As of this writing, it is only a month until Christmas, so we are very much into the cold and flu season now. Being sick over the holidays not only ruins things, it makes friends and family want to keep their distance from you!

So, what can you do? There is no magical pill that will make a cold go away, so they have to run their course. However, there are ways you can help to speed up that process.

Fluids, Fluids, and More Fluids

When you are feeling sick, about the only liquids you want to ingest are coffee to help you stay conscious and, maybe, some hot decongestant mixture. However, you should not only maintain your regular daily dose of water, but heighten it. Keeping hydrated helps to not only fight congestion, but allows your body to function as best it can, a key in helping you clear the virus faster. BTW, that coffee is actually dehydrating you, so stick to things like water, orange juice, and herbal tea.

Humidity

It can get remarkably dry indoors during the winter, which is ironic considering all of that frozen water making life hell outside. Dry air just makes a cold seem even more tiresome. Use a humidifier to moisten the air as this can also help to break up decongestion.

Medication

Speaking of relief from congestion (and all of the unpleasantness that comes with it), you can visit your doctor for a prescription or use one of the many over-the-counter offerings available from your local pharmacy. This can also help reduce the headaches and other pain that colds induce. Be sure to read the directions and do not overmedicate yourself; that won’t make you feel better any faster. If anything, it will simply cause you more problems. Gargling with salt water can help to relieve sore throats.

Stay in Bed

Nobody wants to work when they feel sick, but people often haul themselves into the office anyway because they don’t want to get behind or have no sick days left. This is a bad idea because you can not only infect co-workers, but you are probably also prolonging the length of your illness.

You’re sick, so take advantage of the legitimate excuse to stay home and rest. Binge watch some shows, read a book, or simply do nothing at all.