Is your holiday spirit turning blue?

Is your holiday spirit turning blue?

Everywhere you go, you’re surrounded by Christmas songs, red and green holiday lights, shiny decorations, and endless advertisements of happy family gatherings. It can all be a bit much. But if you’re feeling blue anyway, the holiday season can make your days feel even worse. That’s why I suggest a soothing, stress-free massage that can feel like an oasis of calm in the middle of Christmas chaos.

It’s a well-known fact that many people feel depressed during the holidays. So if you think you’re alone, you may be surprised. A North American survey says that 45% of people who responded, dread the Christmas season.

Feeling blue this month is common for many, whether it is due to the over-the-top commercialization of the season, the financial stress of having to give gifts, the pressure to have a perfect holiday, or the personal stress of being with family members who you tend to avoid the rest of the year.

Rather than focus on others or their expectations, it is time to nurture yourself first. Because if you can’t take care of yourself, how can you be there for your loved ones? Try to get out and do things that you enjoy, or set boundaries so you have time for yourself to relax and unwind.

And remember that a massage, or treating yourself to a regular weekly or biweekly massage, can help your body to release stress and tension and center you so you are ready to face the world. No matter what day it is, we can help massage those blues away.