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Holiday Survival Tactics

Brought to you by Barb Colter, Practice Administrator, Maple Street Clinic


Barb Colter, Practice Administrator

We hope your holiday sea-son is merry, bright and jolly! We hope you are excited for the magic of the season to take hold. But if you find yourself not so jolly, or flat out sad, you are not alone. Stressors such as loneliness, lack of funds, be-ing away from a loved one, a loss in family (death, divorce, change of address,) memo-ries of past holidays, unreal-istic expectations, etc. might push your emotions close to a breaking point. If you find yourself in this boat, try these tips to help get and stay on the positive side; ¦ Predict and handle poten-tial stressors early-on: Cre-ate a schedule, make a bud-get and stick to it, do not go overboard, remember it real-ly is the thought that counts. ¦ Take care of yourself: Get enough sleep and exercise, keep your already estab-lished routines, seek sun-light when possible, read a book, get a massage, take a drive in the evening to look at the lights, do something that makes you happy to re-charge your batteries. ¦ Manage loneliness: be pro-active in your plans, call a friend, purchase a ticket to visit family/friends far away, volunteer to help those less fortunate, accept an invita-tion to dinner, plan a new year’s party of your own, be in control of your circum-stances. ¦ Be aware: Remember that it’s normal to not always be happy this time of year, and that’s okay. Do remember if you’re ever feeling particu-larly depressed or stressed, call us. We stand ready to help you find a way to develop a successful holiday survival plan.

Maple Street Clinic P.C.

1825 MAPLE ST.

FOREST GROVE, OR 97116

503.357.2136

www.maplestreetclinic.com