Don’t let the winter blues bring you down! Here are five easy ways to stay happy during the holiday season. It may be hard to imagine, but December isn’t always “the most wonderful time of the year.” For some of us, darker days, hectic travels and family feuds can make the holiday season sufficiently stressful. And then there are those who find themselves forced to spend the holidays alone—turning a family-oriented occasion into a season of sadness. So how do we keep our spirits up when the winter blues threaten to bring us down? Here are five easy ways to boost your happiness barometer during the depths of winter. Take a Morning Walk Besides being a great way to get exercise, going for a morning walk is a wonderful way to raise your spirits and take full advantage of the season’s shorter days. We guarantee that soaking up the soft winter light will get your day off to a good start. Ditch The Holiday Crowds There’s nothing more detrimental to your mood than dealing with the mobs at your local department store. If possible, avoid doing your holiday shopping on the weekends prior to Christmas. Shopping online is an easy way to escape the holiday crowds and score some serious bargains while you’re at it! Give Back With the commercialization of Christmas, it can be easy to forget that the holidays aren’t about getting gifts—they’re really about giving back. Helping others who are less fortunate will not only make you feel better than any gift you might receive, but it will also give you a more positive perspective on your own situation. Drink Less Packed with holiday parties, the month of December can often become a blur of booze and its unpleasant after effects. Practice moderation when enjoying the pre-Christmas festivities. Match your alcohol intake with the equivalent amount of water to prevent that hangover haze. Enjoy The Indoors When winter does her worst, enjoy the indoor comforts of the pre-Christmas season. A warm fireplace, delicious baked goods and an evening of board games with friends will fill your heart with happy holiday cheer. Elle Fure is the Editorial Director of Spa Week Daily. Start a Conversation Cancel a Conversation Connect with Enter your WordPress.com blog URL http://.wordpress.com Proceed Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.