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Beating the holiday blues
The holidays are not always joyous and happy. For many people, the season can come with a few unwelcome guests – anxiety, stress, loneliness, family quarrels, and even depression. And most of us don't make managing this extra stress a priority.
According to the American Psychological Association, more than 80% of Americans take no additional time to manage their increased levels of stress during the holiday season. To make matters worse, over half of all Americans have reported turning to unhealthy behaviors to cope with the added stress, such as drinking more alcohol, comfort eating, excessive sleeping and watching more TV.
There are much safer and healthier ways to cope with holiday stress. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has a page on its website about these healthy coping mechanisms. By planning ahead and setting realistic expectations for yourself and others, you can make your holidays a bit more jolly.
Click here to see NAMI’s tips on avoiding the holiday blues.
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