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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

For most people, the holiday season is a fun and exciting time of year filled with parties, celebrations and social gatherings with family and friends.

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However, once the season has passed, some may experience post-holiday sadness filled with loneliness, stress and fatigue.

Party streamers and confetti lie scattered throughout the house. Dirty dishes sit piled high on the kitchen counter.

Bed and bath linens from holiday house guests overflow from the hamper. For some, the post-holiday letdown can linger or even turn into paralyzing feelings of loss and sadness.

As the frenzy and fun of the holiday season begins, here are a few tips for beating the post-holiday letdown:

-- Make time for yourself: This is especially important if you are a caregiver.

-- Get physical: Exercise improves mood for many people.

-- Avoid excessive drinking: Alcohol can increase feelings of depression.

-- Get enough rest: Return quickly to your regular sleep schedule.

-- Don't forget to laugh: Make yourself laugh with a book, online jokes or a comedy film.

-- Try relaxation techniques: Deep-breathing exercises may improve your reactions to stress.

-- Count your blessings: Appreciate the good things that are all around but are missed in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

-- Spend time helping others: Volunteer your time, seek out someone else in a similar situation, or call an old friend or relative.

For more information on volunteer opportunities or other services available to give caregivers a break, call Northwoods Caregivers at 333-8264 or visit our website at www.northwoodscaregivers.org.

For most people, the holiday season is a fun and exciting time of year filled with parties, celebrations and social gatherings with family and friends.

However, once the season has passed, some may experience post-holiday sadness filled with loneliness, stress and fatigue.

Party streamers and confetti lie scattered throughout the house. Dirty dishes sit piled high on the kitchen counter.

Bed and bath linens from holiday house guests overflow from the hamper. For some, the post-holiday letdown can linger or even turn into paralyzing feelings of loss and sadness.

As the frenzy and fun of the holiday season begins, here are a few tips for beating the post-holiday letdown:

-- Make time for yourself: This is especially important if you are a caregiver.

-- Get physical: Exercise improves mood for many people.

-- Avoid excessive drinking: Alcohol can increase feelings of depression.

-- Get enough rest: Return quickly to your regular sleep schedule.

-- Don't forget to laugh: Make yourself laugh with a book, online jokes or a comedy film.

-- Try relaxation techniques: Deep-breathing exercises may improve your reactions to stress.

-- Count your blessings: Appreciate the good things that are all around but are missed in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

-- Spend time helping others: Volunteer your time, seek out someone else in a similar situation, or call an old friend or relative.

For more information on volunteer opportunities or other services available to give caregivers a break, call Northwoods Caregivers at 333-8264 or visit our website at www.northwoodscaregivers.org.

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