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Unwrapping the Present

November 14, 2018
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Kay King
Older Adults Program Coordinator and Community Educator at NAMI Minnesota (the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota)



Highlights from Kay's Presentation

Key strategies for combatting holiday blues:

  • Volunteer. It's a great way to forget your own troubles and it will add more meaning to your holiday season.
  • Avoid isolation. If family cannot join you, invite friends.
  • Don't overspend. Set a budget for gifts and entertaining.
  • Avoid alcohol. It's a depressant and can intensity sadness.
  • Keep to your regular routines. Follow normal bedtime, food and exercise regimens. 
  • Talk to someone you trust. Share your feelings or problems. 
  • Let go of the past. Holidays often aren't like they used to be, so start new tradtions and memories. 

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