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UAlbany's Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders Offers Help for Holiday Stress

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 5, 2003) - In all the hustle and bustle that comes with the holiday season, people can sometimes become stressed because they forget the little things. Ed Blanchard, director of the University at Albany's Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders, offers the following simple tips and reminders for dealing with the stress of the holiday season:

Do not over-schedule yourself - it's okay to say "no" to parties, get-togethers, shopping excursions, and other holiday activities.
Be mindful of, and increase, your calming, relaxing moments - breathe deeply, drink some tea, think pleasant thoughts, take a nap. Whatever safely relaxes you, do it.
Abandon your commitment to perfection - the party you're having, the gift you're giving, the outfit you're wearing, etc. doesn't have to be perfect.

For those dealing with depression and/or loss, the holidays can be particularly difficult. Blanchard offers this advice to people who may not be looking forward to holiday time:

Reach out to others who are in need.
Seek out enjoyable things - see a movie, read a book.
Don't withdraw in misery - talk to people and seek their comfort in times of stress.

Blanchard is available for interviews and commentary. For more information or to arrange an interview, contact (518) 437-4989.


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