>Stress, Depression and the Holidays: 10 tips for Coping

>Nine more days until Thanksgiving and we’re off and running through the holiday season! I’m tired just thinking about all the work involved. This year I am going to plan ahead and simplify my holidays. I am going to keep the traditions I like and toss the ones I don’t. Of course, I have certain obligations to family and such but I can use my “self-care” techniques during those times.

While you prepare and live through your holidays, remember nothing’s perfect. Strive for good enough and enjoy the people you love. If you find yourself alone reach out to community groups.

Wishing you all a happy and tasty Thanksgiving! Find things to give thanks for and if you have a little extra, remember those who have less than you and donate.

The article I have chosen today will help you to become aware of your holiday triggers and give you tips for reducing your stress throughout the holiday. Make it work!

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Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression.

By the Mayo Clinic staff

The holiday season, which begins for most Americans with Thanksgiving and continues through New Year’s Day, often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it’s no wonder. In an effort to pull off a perfect holiday, you might find yourself facing a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name a few. So much for peace and joy, right?

Actually, with some practical tips, you can minimize the stress and depression that often accompany the holidays. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would.

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About Ilissa Banhazl

Ilissa Banhazl is a licensed marriage and family psychotherapist, former grade school teacher and holds a masters degree in reading. She has a private practice in Glendora, CA and lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children. She specializes in adult, adolescent, individual, couple, and family relationship counseling as well as eating disorder treatment and recovery. She facilitates a Women’s Support Group in Glendora as well as a Women’s Disordered Eating & Body Image Group. Ilissa authors 3 therapy blogs, Marriage and Family, Eating Disorders and Group Therapy. You can follow her at FB and Twitter. http://www.ilissabanhazlmft.com or http://www.eatingdisordersgroup.com
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