While your mind may cook up excuses, it is a fact that any kind of exercise, even walking for a short while will make you feel better, and will increase your heart rate. It is even better with friends, at the gym, with music on.
Sometimes the holiday spirit just passes us by, and that's perfectly normal. All I want for Christmas is a nap. The more I try to get into the holiday spirit - you know, the way everyone else seems to be - the sadder and more anxious I become.
"No one sits down [for therapy] and says, 'Are you happy?'" says Candice Ferguson, who is running for a Colorado state representative seat. "They say, 'Are you sad? Are you depressed? Are you whatever.' But no one tries [to] say that you're going to be happy during your treatments, or once they've sent you on your way."
From spring break to spring cleaning, most of us associate springtime with an upbeat, energized feeling. Yet that experience isn't universally shared. Among people who are seriously depressed, suicide rates tend to peak in the spring. This peak has been well documented in countries across the globe.