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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Television and The Holiday Blues

Caution: Consult a medical professional if you have major depression, a potentially dangerous condition that requires correct diagnosis and treatment. Home remedies should only be used with medical approval. Also, check with your medical professional for prescription drug contraindications, and double check with your pharmacist to be extra sure.

From now until the new year I'm going to write about depression, focusing on a remedy per day. Today's post is about television and depression. And by depression, I do not mean major depression. I mean something more like the holiday blues.

During the holidays, we have traditions, some of which involve watching traditional holiday entertainment. But notice: is some of the holiday entertainment you watch on TV making you blue? Well, there are two simple remedies for that! Change the channel. Turn the TV off.

If you're already kinda worn out, and are watching TV because it's the simplest entertainment, the more likely choices are changing the channel and getting some needed sleep. So here's a suggestion: make yourself a cup of Sleeytime tea (Celestial Seasoning's herbal tea) and watch something uplifting. Something funny. Anything you don't find boring or depressing. The tea will help you move toward the sleep you need while you are entertained in a more positive way.

If you're watching TV in bed, set a timer to make it go off. Time it for the end of the show you are watching, so if you're still awake the show isn't suddenly get cut off. But don't leave it running while you sleep. Distressing, disturbing, even just annoying things may come on during your sleep, and your unconscious mind can pick up on them!

So watch what you watch, and sculpt your entertainment toward more positive emotional input. And have a happier holiday season!

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