Positive thoughts and a healthy routine is the best medicine for holiday blues. here are some things that people who are not enjoying the holidays can do.

Remember, your family and friends cannot read your mind. Tell them what you are feeling. Plan activities that you think you will enjoy and then attend them. Follow your exercise routine. Thirty minutes of exercise is best medicine you’ll ever get. The less you do, the less you will be able to do. Find activities you enjoy and then do them. And get plenty of sleep. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time. Avoid large meals and physical activity within a few hours of bedtime. No TV or other distractions in the bedroom. Your bedroom should be dark because even a little light will signal your body to start waking up.

Depression is a common illness, and we all have been under a lot of stress. Here’s something to think about: a person should start and end their day with positive thoughts. When you dwell on negative thoughts, your body chemistry changes. So, change for the positive. In the morning, write down three things you are grateful for. Sure, it will be easy for the first few days. But, don’t repeat the same three things every day. List three new things each day and write them down. At the end of the day, write down the best thing that happened that day.

No matter which year-end set of holidays you celebrate (or none at all), the fact that most people take some time off during this last couple of weeks of December slows the pace of commerce for a little while, and creates an opportunity to reflect on your life.

To those we love and see each day and other loved ones far away. To all good friends who mean so much and those with whom we’re out of touch…Wishing you every happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year.