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Don’t let holiday stress get you down

Don’t let holiday stress get you down. Here are some easy tips to get you thru.

Breathe deeply. Count while breathing in if it helps you pull in more air. Pause for a moment before you exhale. Now breathe out all the way until every last breath is gone. If you can, pause just a second before breathing in again. See if you can feel the peacefulness. Breathe in again slowly and fully while you focus on the sound of your breathing.

Let the light in. The short, dark days can affect your circadian rhythms, leaving you feeling fatigued. Sunlight helps regulate those cycles and stimulates the production of feel-good serotonin. If you can’t get outside, sit by a window or try a light box.

Laugh. Out loud. Yes, really. Don’t feel like laughing? Do it anyway. You’ll feel so goofy it will make you laugh for real. I know because I’ve done it and it works fairly quickly. Sometimes it’s good to be silly.

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