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December 15, 2011     
 
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Happy Holiday Tips
Keep the Holiday Blues Away
 
Lincoln—Shopping for presents, decorating, baking cookies and going to parties during the holidays keep everyone busy.  But some people may feel sadness, loneliness and anxiety, according to Scot L. Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
 
“These feeling may be the result of stress, fatigue, unrealistic expectations, and financial worries,” Adams said. “Not being with family and friends may leave some people feeling lonely,” he said.  “We can’t control everything, but there are some simple things we can do to influence the way we feel.”
 
Holiday tips to beat the blues:
 
Manage stress.  If you feel stressed, take a break.
 
Have realistic expectations for the holiday season.  Don’t expect everything to be perfect.
 
Set realistic goals for yourself.  Just try to have a pleasant time, if possible.  Don’t expect euphoria.
 
Pace yourself.  Don’t take on more than you can handle.
 
Make a list and prioritize the activities.  If you prioritize, you can at least get to the most important things.
 
Volunteer some of your time to help others, or spend time with supportive and caring people.  This will make you feel less lonely.
 
Limit your consumption of alcohol.  Excessive drinking can increase feelings of depression. 
 
Spread some holiday cheer.  Reach out to a friend or family member you haven’t talked to recently.
 
Make time for yourself.  Take time off from your tasks. Don’t let the pressure build.
 
Let others help you with your holiday duties.  There’s no reason you have to do it all when there are others willing to help you.
 
Live in the moment and enjoy the present.  This is good advice all year long.
 
“Celebrate what’s right with the world,” Adams said.
 
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