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Updated by Fusion 360 on Dec 08, 2014
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8 Ways to Avoid the Holiday Blues

Although large crowds, troubling family members and high-calorie foods may seem like the components of a bad horror movie, they can also represent the holiday season. Fortunately, individuals can avoid unnecessary stress and the holiday blues by following expert-endorsed happiness tips.

Bundle Up, Get Out

Sunlight helps individuals release a feel-good hormone named serotonin. It can also help relieve a type of depression that is attributed to cold weather.

Couples who are feeling upset or overwhelmed during the holidays may also want to consider seeking the help of a counselor. Fortunately, there are many marriage counseling options that Utah residents can choose from.

Use Citrus Oil

The smell of citrus can boost one’s feelings of well being and reduce their stress levels. Several marriage counseling centers recommend that their clients use lemon or orange oil as perfume during the cold Utah winter.

Take A Walk

Walking is a repetitive form of exercise that can have a tranquilizing effect on the brain. In fact, many researchers have found that walking decreases anxiety and can even improve sleep.

Pressure Treatment

Many therapists recommend that their clients apply pressure between their index finger and their thumb when they feel stressed out. This area is popular in Chinese medicine and is thought to reduce stress. In order to learn other tips to reduce stress, an couple can visit a local marriage counseling center.




Due to the extensive amount of shopping and cooking that take place during the holiday season, couples can easily become overwhelmed. However, Utah marriage counseling services can remind couples that it’s important to take personal time and time together away from stressful situations, even during the holiday season.

Don’t Change Your Routine

One of the most effective ways to avoid stress during the holiday season is to maintain a regular schedule. During the colder months, Utah residents should attempt to select or continue a schedule that they are accustomed to.

Find Joy

Laughing helps reduce stress hormones and can improve a couple’s relationship. Utah couples that are having trouble smiling and laughing together during the holiday season should consider seeing a specialist at a marriage counseling center that can help them find joy during the holidays.

Give Up Perfection

During the holidays, one should not worry about doing everything perfectly. They should, however, celebrate their relationship and community during the winter season.




Mackenzie Martin writes for Swinton Counseling. She is a writer at Fusion 360, an advertising agency in Utah. Find her on Google +.

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