It might be the most wonderful time of the year on paper, but for some of us, it can be hard to feel merry. These tips can help you battle the blues. (If your mood doesn't lift, see a doctor; you might be suffering from seasonal affective disorder or depression.)
Consider supplements. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to depression. Omega-3 fatty acids and St. John's wort may be potentially beneficial "add-on" therapies, according to the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments. Talk to your doctor.
Get moving. Exercise is now an important part of treating anxiety and mild depression because it stimulates the production of endorphins, those brain chemicals that elevate mood.
Plan ahead. If you know you tend to feel lonely during the holidays, invite a friend to celebrate or travel with you. If being cooped up with your extended family gets you down, discuss these issues ahead of time and ask your loved ones for help, says Dimerman.