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Holiday Stress
Posted on December 10th, 2012

We want it to be "the most wonderful time of the year," but the holiday season is also a time of increased incidence of depression and anxiety problems.  Our lives can quickly become filled with social engagements, shopping, countless errands, and historical “baggage” --  even the most spirited individual can feel emotionally drained.  Those who have lost loved ones are particularly at risk for developing emotional problems during the holidays.
Taking good care of yourself is the best thing you can do to prevent or minimize emotional problems during the holidays.  Here are some useful tips:
 1. Plan ahead, shop and make travel plans early to decrease last-minute anxiety.
2. Don't do everything on your own. Get others in the family to help with holiday tasks.
3. Set realistic goals and scale down your expectations.

 4. Pace yourself and leave extra time for last minute changes.

 5. Take time to relax every day. Deep breathing exercises, relaxation tapes, meditation and yoga are some techniques that can help.

 6. Exercise. If you already have a regular exercise routine, be sure to maintain it through the holidays.

 7. Monitor your feelings and share them with those close to you. Even a quick phone call or email exchange can help you feel better.

8. Above all, keep proper perspective.  Go big picture.  Don’t get ensnared by the small stuff.

9. Get help if you need it. 

If you are feeling overwhelmed or haven’t been feeling like yourself lately, you can take an anonymous mental health screening at

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