• Walk Away Stress and the Blues this Holiday Season!
    The holiday season is here! We look forward to the weeks ahead spending time with friends, family, and coworkers. The air is filled with excitement and anticipation of wonderful things to come, however for some, the excitement and anticipation turn into feelings of stress, mixed with depression, commonly known as the holiday blues. The stressfulness of holiday events combined with overeating, overdrinking, and fatigue, may create mood changes and anxiety. Shopping, baking, travelling, houseguests, family gatherings, office parties galore are only some of the many demands of the holiday season that contribute to overwhelming stress that can lead to depression.
    The Mayo Clinic suggests the following tip to help prevent holiday stress and depression.
    Don't abandon healthy habits. Don't let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Try these suggestions:
    • Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don't go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks.
    • Get plenty of sleep.
    • Incorporate regular physical activity into each day.
    Furthermore, keep in mind that regular physical activity can help to reduce depression and stress by releasing feel good brain chemicals, called endorphins; reducing immune system chemicals that can worsen depression; increasing body temperature which may have calming effects; and improving mood, sleep, and self-esteem.
    Set aside at least 10 minutes a day to do some sort of physical activity. A 10 minute walk may be just as good as a 45 minute workout to help relieve anxiety and depression.
    Under the Michigan Department of Community Health Active Living and the Sault Tribe Partnerships to Improve Community Health grants, CCHD and the Sault Tribe are partnering to highlight the importance of walking and physically activity as a means to prevent or manage chronic disease.
    For more information, please contact Heather Hemming at (906)632-5210 or hhemming@saulttribe.net or Julie Trotter at (906)635-3636 or jtrotter@chippewahd.com. Information about healthy living initiatives can be found by visiting www.up4health.org or www.chippewahd.com.