How often have you—even those of you who are good about exercising spring through fall—let that program drop during the wintertime? Bad mistake. Keeping active during the winter is one of the most important keys to minimizing stress. And there are so many ways to do it. My own favorite is to go walking briskly first thing in the morning through the neighborhood on a winter day. Not only is this healthy but it keeps you in touch with your neighbors and with the seasons. With all the trees bare, notice how the landscape looks different. Suddenly you can see all sorts of things that were covered up by summer's greenery. For curious people like myself, that is an extra treat. If you find motivation difficult, enlist a friend to go walking with you. For indoor sorts, treadmills and stationary bicycles provide a fine alternative.
The holidays aren't as jolly for some as they are for others, and that's normal. But if you're hit with the blues, take Elizabeth Lesser's advice on dealing with stress, unrealistic expectations and depression this holiday season.