TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Christmas has been dubbed "the most wonderful time of the year," but for many this simply isn't the case. The holidays can and often do bring the blues. Whatever the reason for feeling down during the festive season, Lavalife.com, leader in online dating, offers five quick tips for lifting your spirits right now.
"The holidays seem to magnify personal and professional frustrations," offers Kim Hughes, Singles and Dating Expert for Lavalife.com. "Whether people are single and feeling lonely, stressed or just overwhelmed, the relentless 'joy' of the season can really dial up the downers. But we have a simple solution for lifting spirits during the holidays. Follow these five super-easy, can't-miss tips."
Don't wait until January 1 to start your resolutions. Nothing makes people happier than a sense of accomplishment. Start small with something you know you can do – take a spin class once a week, read a new book from start to finish and if single, sign up on Lavalife.com and start dating. All of these things offer instant gratification and inspire confidence. Say goodbye to the blues and ring in the New Year in better shape, a little smarter or with a bevy of dates. You may even meet The One and say goodbye to being single for good.
Volunteer. It may sound cliche but when you help others, your own problems are put into perspective. Whether you decide to host a toy drive, walk dogs at the local shelter or ladle soup at a soup kitchen, you are making a difference, which will instantly boost your spirits.
Become a morning person. Studies have shown that people who start the day early feel better about themselves. Set your alarm 30 minutes before your regular wake-up time and get out of bed as soon as it goes off. Whether you tidy the house, catch up on email or simply meditate, the extra time will help you focus and maybe even change your life. Really.
Take advantage of holiday offerings. It's easy to fall into the mindset that you just can't afford the holidays but a little creative planning (and website sleuthing) can reap significant freebies at this time of the year. This is a great time to take advantage of free tree-lighting parties, cocktail events at local galleries, complimentary classes at your local gym, a free make-over at a department store make-up counter... you get the idea.
Make a new friend. The holidays are a great time to widen your social circle which is never a bad idea. If you are single, go to Lavalife.com and get chatting with hot singles; the flirting will do wonders for your ego. Or consider joining a group – a charity organization, a running team, whatever. Nothing is better for killing the blues than forming a new bond.