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Life Beyond Therapy: Mentally healthy holidays

As a psychotherapist, this is one of the busiest times of year. Why? Because “The Holidays” bring up so many unrealistic expectations for many of us. We get depressed because we compare ourselves, our gifts and our families with what we think other people experience or have. We all imagine everyone else is having a lot more fun than we are.

But honestly, we have no idea how happy or miserable anyone else is behind their façade. If you could sit in my chair and hear how unhappy most people are at this time of year, you’d stop envying them.

So why not make a goal to have mentally healthy holidays this year?

What could that look like? Here are some suggestions:

Exercise

In San Diego we’re so lucky we can be outside all year long. Go for a walk or a jog in Balboa Park or hike at Mission Trails. Hit the gym or go out dancing and break a good sweat. You can’t buy anti-depressants as good as the endorphins your body produces when you exercise, dance, run, skate or surf.

Read the full column in SDGLN media partner Gay San Diego HERE.