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Beat the holidays blues

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The holidays can be overwhelming, turning what some call the most wonderful time of the year into the hardest to handle.

"Expectations are really high this time of year to have the house decorated, be nice, buy presents, and go to all these social functions," said Roberta Bogle with the Center for Counseling and Wellness in North Myrtle Beach.  "We get out of our normal routine and it makes us feel out of balance."

If you notice tearfulness, sleep problems, irritability, and you're not doing the things you would normally want to be doing like connecting with other people and socializing, you may have a case of the holiday blues. 

Try these solutions: 

1.    Take a step back and take care of yourself, cut down on parties, get sleep, and try to maintain your routine within reason. 

2.    Build in some fun, relaxing time to spend time with family.

3.    Don't be afraid to say no to parties and expensive presents so as not to overwhelm yourself or your finances.

4.    Watch your diet and continue your exercise routine.  We tend to eat more excessively and drink more alcohol this time of year, which can add to irritability.

5.    Don't underestimate the power of sunlight for lifting mood.  Enjoy outside.

6.    Help others.  It can change your perspective on your hardships and give you a sense of gratification. 

 

article provided by Horry County United Way

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