Healthy Spirit

Don’t worry, be merry

Written by Healthy Living

How to beat holiday stress, sadness, and weight gain.

Story: Dr. Bradley Nelson

Here are a few practical and proven steps for people to experience the holidays with more joy, less sadness, and better physical and emotional health:

Choose foods to fight depression, anxiety, and weight gain: Eat foods that are as close to nature as possible. Fill up first on things good for you. Eat vegetables, have a salad, so by the time the gravy and candied yams are there, you can eat smaller amounts.

What not to eat: Avoid foods with long lists of ingredients. This applies in general, not to just the holidays. Any food that has a label explaining what is in it is probably not something you want.

Talk more, eat slower: When you go out to eat with friends, come prepared with stories to tell so you’re talking more and, as a result, eating more slowly.

Drink up! (water, not alcohol): Staying hydrated is the key to avoiding excess eating and helps cleanse impurities from your body for better physical, emotional, and mental health.

List your blessings: People suffering from depression tend to focus on negative things in their lives rather than counting their blessings. This is important: Make a list every day of things in your life that are actually good.

Listen to your body (and say “no” when necessary): Don’t volunteer to take on additional tasks if it interferes with your health, your family, or your stress level—it isn’t worth it.

Take a breather: If you find the people you are with are making you feel stressed, go outside for a few minutes and get some fresh air.

Move to beat depression and stress: Exercise that is as simple as getting outside and walking is a natural, drug-free way to combat depression. Moving your body throughout the day burns away stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, that can otherwise linger in your system up to 24 hours and damage your immune system and organs. The secret reason exercise is so good for you is exercise burns those hormones out of the blood and prolongs your existence on the planet.

Discover and release emotional baggage: People can free themselves of a major underlying cause of anxiety, depression, panic attacks, phobias, and other forms of mental illness by learning to release trapped emotions.

When a person becomes relatively free of imbalance, their body, mind, and spirit enter a balanced state and the body is able to heal itself. The mind is calm and the person is generally happy and peaceful and able to experience emotions like joy.

About the writer

Dr. Bradley Nelson has lectured internationally on the natural healing of chronic illness. As a holistic chiropractic physician, he has successfully treated patients across the United States and Canada for more than 20 years. Visit for more information.

About the author

Healthy Living

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