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For Immediate Release
December 17, 2014

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Have Happy Holidays; Don’t have the Blues

Lincoln—The holidays may be merry and bright, but for some people, especially those in recovery from mental health or substance use disorders, they can be lonely or stressful.
Unrealistic expectations, extra shopping, and pressure to enjoy family and friends can cause a case of the holiday blues, said Scot L. Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
“Sometimes having the perfect holiday is not realistic,” he said.  “The number one thing is to take care of yourself.”
Tips for dealing with the holiday blues:
  • Reduce the expectations of yourself and others.
  • It’s OK to say no.
  • Talk to someone supportive.
  • Find time to relax.ind time to relax.
  • Exercise.
  • Eat healthy, balanced meals.
  • Take time out for the things you enjoy.
People in recovery from mental health or substance use disorders may want to make time for a self-help meeting or to call a sponsor or peer specialist, Adams said.
“Have happy and safe holidays,” Adams said.  “Plan ahead to do things that will help make them a pleasant time.”
Resources to help people cope can be found at the Network of Care on the DHHS website at . The Nebraska Family Helpline is another resource that is answered 24/7 at 1-888-866-8660.