Dec. 19, 2022

How to cope with the holiday blues

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The holidays can be a time of happiness and cheer, but not everyone experiences them this way. Ofosu and Leah talk all about the holiday blues and how they've coped with them in the past. They also share practical tips to help support you if you're managing difficult emotions, depression, or anxiety this time of year.

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🎧 What's in this episode:

  • (01:11) Leah shares a time when the pandemic induced some holiday depression
  • (02:21) Ofosu shares his experience with sadness around the holidays
  • (02:58) Leah talks about travel anxiety
  • (03:43) Why anticipating the holidays can be the hardest part
  • (04:50) How to recognize how you're actually feeling and what you need to cope
  • (05:16) Leah walks through Tara Brach’s RAIN technique
  • (06:02) How the holidays have changed for Ofosu over time
  • (07:40) Inspirational lyrics from Trevor Hall, Guns N' Roses, and John Mayer
  • (10:11) Acknowledging the need to be loved and accepted
  • (11:49) One of the fastest ways to improve your mental health
  • (13:00) How to get extra help with mental health when you need it

🧘About Balance: Well Balanced is co-hosted by Ofosu and Leah, Balance’s Co-Heads of Meditation. Balance is a highly personalized meditation and sleep app that's been named Google's App of the Year and Apple's App of the Day. Completely free for the entire first year, Balance is helping 4 million+ people around the world improve their stress, sleep, focus, and mood. Unlock your free year of Balance today by downloading it from the App Store or Play Store: