1) Exercise: Do yoga stretches, but make sure you have a video to guide you through it. If there is a gym in your home: lift weights, do push-ups/sit-ups, run on the treadmill. Wear a long-sleeved top, long pants, cotton socks, fitting running shoes and a fall coat or jacket to protect yourself from the cold if you plan to go outside for a jog or power walk( That’s my favorite workout. I’ve been doing this throughout my high school year ).
2) Eat moderately: Binging on food will give you a stomach ache. While at dinner, drink at least one glass of wine ( I prefer St. Julian Sparkling juice; red grape is my favorite). Avoid drinking alcohol heavily. There is nothing worse than getting rip-roaring drunk and not only ruining the mood, but making yourself look like an embarrassment. If you must have the urge to have some sweets such as cake, candy or cookies, eat one and have the next later on. And if you plan to make a non-alcoholic cocktail, mix soda and juice together( orange juice will also due).
3) Think happy: Have the time to laugh at thoughts that are humorous. Thinking about anything sad will take a toll on your body mentally and physically. I remember when I had thoughts that depressed me (this took place after Christmas). And my body paid for it. My legs were killing me. I felt my fingers go numb. And I also felt my head hurt. You have the feeling that your mind is slowing down. No matter how sad you feel about a lost loved one, a story that you heard on the news,or an argument that you got into with a friend/co-worker/family member, always try and think of happy thoughts.
4) Think positive: Being negative about any situation also takes a toll on your body. Having negativity run through your body is like a lethal dose of poison. It causes your heart beat to increase, your blood pressure to skyrocket as well as weaken you physically. It also weighs down on your brain and gives you the feeling that it is ready to cave in on your face. Here is an example: You have plans to do your early Christmas shopping. Inside a holiday magazine is a holiday sweater that you plan to order for your husband. While looking at the sweater that you have selected, you start having feelings of negativity. Meaning, you feel that he won’t like what you ordered for him because it does not fit his appeal. Re-direct yourself to a place of positivity by doing some breathing exercises. Take a few deep breaths and hold them in for five minutes. After five minutes, let them out slowly. Notice that after you breathe out, your mind becomes light again, allowing you to think clearly.
5) Spend time with your neighbors: There is nothing worse than not having a chance to meet your neighbors. After all, who are you going to depend on for help when nobody else is present? Go next door. or across the street. Greet them. Make sure to bring some homemade treats ( cookies, brownies, coffee cakes, etc. made by your hands). Sit down and have a nice chat about anything that comes to your mind ( New Years Day resolutions, what to get the kids for Christmas,etc). Help them get ready for the holiday as well. Go shopping with them, browse through holiday magazines for tree decorations, give them recipes for Thanksgiving, go over candies to give trick-or-treaters for Halloween, movies to watch during Christmas, anything to help them get into the holiday spirit.
6) Read good books: Avoid reading books that include titles about murder, death, suicide, depression, loneliness, etc. Try reading books about love and friendship. Read a cook book to get ideas for new recipes.
7) Take care of your pet: They too, are a part of the family. If you go out for an early morning jog or a winter walk in the park, take them with you. After all, they also need to stay fit. Dogs and cats can sense human feelings. When you are down in the dumps, so are they.