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Holiday Blues

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www.psychologytoday.com says:

Part of what happens in the holiday season,  may occur because of the stressfulness of holiday events. Overdrinking, overeating, and fatigue may also cause it. The demands of the season are many: shopping, cooking, travel, houseguests, family reunions, office parties, more shopping and extra financial burden. 

 Do not overbook yourself into a state of exhaustion--this makes people cranky, irritable, and depressed.

 Decide upon your priorities and stick to them. Organize your time.

 the holidays do not automatically take away feelings of aloneness, sadness, frustration, anger, and fear.

 Be careful about resentments related to holidays past. 

 Don't expect the holidays to be just as they were when you were a child. 

 There are many, many opportunities for doing community service. No one can be depressed when they are doing community service.

 Plan unstructured, low-cost fun holiday activities

 If you drink, do not let the holidays become a reason for over-indulging and hangovers.

 Give yourself a break; create time for yourself to do the things YOU love and need to do for your physical and mental wellness

 Most of all, if you find yourself feeling blue just remember  The choice is always yours

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