Specific dates can bring up memories of lost loved ones and happier times. It's easy to get buried in sad memories from past holidays.
The One-Minute Fix: When you find yourself inching toward food to soothe your woes, try "laughing yoga," a form of yoga from India. It's based on a simple concept. Laughter releases positive, feel-good neurotransmitters throughout your body, even when it is created artificially. Consider how canned laughter on sitcoms can prompt you to smile or laugh even when things aren't funny. Also, laughter can relieve tension in your shoulders and abdomen. So, give a big jolly ho-ho-ho Santa laugh. Repeat until you find yourself smiling, even if it is just from the silliness.