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Health Tip: Stave Off the Holiday Blues

👤by Diana Kohnle 0 comments 🕔Thursday, December 17th, 2015

(HealthDay News) -- The long to-do lists and busy schedules of the holidays are sources of anxiety and depression for some people.

The Mayo Clinic offers these ideas to help you stay mentally healthy:

Recognize and deal with your feelings. If you've recently gone through a loss, allow yourself to feel sad. Cry, talk about your feelings and don't force yourself to be happier. Seek support from friends, loved ones and community resources. Or seek professional help. Volunteering may help boost your mood. Be realistic in your expectations for the holidays, and be open to changes. Be accepting of loved ones, and set aside any differences until after the holidays. Recognize that others also may be struggling with holiday depression. As much as possible, plan ahead for activities and chores. Don't be afraid to say no! And remember to take time for yourself.

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