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   Posted 12/14/2008 6:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Today I am going to give you something to think about.  I know that a lot of us are depressed during the holidays, especially when we are alone.  So I found this on the internet and thought that I would share.
10 ways to beat the holiday blues:
1)Make some changes, do what YOU really enjoy.
2)Mix and Jingle, Have a party for only single friends.  That way you don't have to watch couples during their holiday bliss.
3)Practice gratitude.  Make a gratitude list of all the great things in your life right now.
4)Focus on family.  Focus on people that you don't see much.
5)Do good, volunteer during this time such as nursing home, soup kitchen, and animal shelters.
6)Get away if you can.  Start tne next year full of hope, not dispair.
7)Exericise.  Exercise triggers and stimulates endorphines.  You would be suprised how much better you will feel.
8)Unclutter.  Clean out cupboards and closets.  Maybe a place that is a catch all in your home.  Mine is my table.
9)Think positive.  WRite down 25 positive things about yourself.
10)Indulge.  Do things that you enjoy, no matter how silly they may sound at the time.  It might even give you a good laugh.
If there is anything that you can add, it would be appreciated.  I would like to know what you do to beat the holiday blues.
Luv and hugs, Karen
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   Posted 12/14/2008 6:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Wonderful list + idea Karen! I love the inclusion of gratitude and doing good, as those things can provide so much comfort and peace.

One thing, though it is already somewhat written in several of those parts, keep in contact! Call friends, hang out, do stuff. It is easy to spend the holidays alone, but for most of us the comfort of someone caring being around is worth so much.

Happy holidays to everyone!
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The World is but a reflection. Smile, and it will smile back.

Try to keep smiling! :)

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   Posted 12/14/2008 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
That is an excellent idea Erik. Thanks for adding that.

If there is anything else that anybody can think of, please feel free to add. We need as much help as we can get at this time of the year.

Happy holidays to all

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 12/14/2008 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I LOVE the one about gratitude and volunteering and doing good. Erik is correct, it adds peace to our lives. But the thing that helps me out more than anything is to get my mind off of my own life and focus on someone elses. I love to volunteer and do things for others, whether it be for the people or the animals!

I also enjoy babysitting because it allows me to focus on him rather than myself. I would say that its important to be caring of other things. There is alot one can do during the holiday season, people everywhere need help, not just during the holidays, but the holidays are a special time of the year so, do something to help someone else, you will feel good about it!

If/When I think of something else, I will post! Have a good Sunday! =]
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   Posted 12/14/2008 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   


I have no babies for you to sit so how do you feel about helping me find my endorphins?

Great ideas everyone.  I wish each if you a blessed holiday.




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