The holiday season should be a time of joy, tradition, and family. Unfortunately, for millions of people across the world, this time of year tends to be a very unforgiving, non-joyous experience year after year. Depression is at an all-time high around the world, but increases around the holiday season for many reasons. Lack of social interactions, lack of family relationships, and grief are some, but certainly not all of what factors into increased depression. When you add in increased stress from family; work; and travel, as well as the financial burdened of gift giving, many people reach their internal limit. This time of year also means unhealthy eating options and lack of time to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Unwanted weight gain is an issue that affects millions of Americans every year. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that most Americans gain at least five pounds of unwanted weight each holiday season. This study also found that the weight gained over the holiday season did not come off in the months following the New Year. Stress leads to depression, which leads to unhealthy eating habits, which leads to weight gain, which leads to depression, and the snowball keeps getting bigger and bigger. Sometimes it seems like there is no way out of this vicious circle. For many of the millions of people suffering from depression, stress, and unhealthy lifestyles, exercise can help. In recent years, many healthcare professionals have focused efforts on discovering the possibilities of using exercise as a form of treatment for depression. Due to the increased “feel good” endorphins that exercise releases, people tend to be happier and feel more relaxed after they workout. Some people also use exercise as a form of distraction. Being able to take your mind off of what is causing stress, for even a short amount of time, can help eliminate much of the anxiety that comes along with stress, ultimately decreasing those stress hormones and bringing your body back into balance. Exercise is a great way to stay level and balanced during the holidays, but the problem usually lies in the lack of time people have during these times. Fortunately, there is a solution! Braintapping for 20-minutes a day can significantly decrease your stress, help you get back to and maintain a healthy lifestyle, drop those unwanted pounds, and help to increase endorphins allowing for a less stressful, more enjoyable holiday! With BrainTap, our Just Do It! session, located in the Vibrant Health series, can help you get back on track with exercise so that you can live a longer, happier, and healthier life, starting today! Also, check out our Exercising is Energizing session located in the series, Habits of Naturally Thin People 01 – 15 and Exercise – Your Key to Lasting Health and Vitality located in Habits of Naturally Thin People 16 – 30 to get you started on the right track. Don’t let the holidays get you down this year. Let BrainTap help you overcome the holiday blues. Don’t have access yet? Click Here to get your FREE trial!