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TUESDAY, Dec. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While others are decking the halls, many people find the holidays trigger anxiety and depression.
Stress can arise from financial strain, dealing with difficult relatives or trying to create the perfect holiday, said Michelle Martel, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky.
Also, the holidays can bring up sad memories for people who have lost loved ones, she noted in a university news release.
But there are things you can do to reduce the risk of stress and mood problems during the holidays, Martel said. For starters, she suggested the following:
If family time is stressful or you don't have family to spend time with, make plans with friends or try to get away for the holidays, Martel suggested.
If you're struggling with your mental health, get help, she advised.
"Planning ahead for addressing stress is definitely key. Sometimes the best gift you can give your family is taking care of yourself," Martel said.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers holiday health and safety tips.
SOURCE: University of Kentucky, news release, December 2018
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