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Healthy Holiday/Stress Reduction


Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression. The holiday season often brings unwelcomed stress and depression and it’s no wonder. The holidays present an array of demands such as parties, shopping, baking, cleaning, entertaining and traveling just to name a few. With some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would.

When stress is at its peak it’s hard to stop and regroup. If possible try to prevent stress and depression in the first place especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past.

1.       Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, realize that it’s normal to feel sadness. Take time to cry or express your feelings, this helps release a lot of inside tension and you can’t force yourself to be happy. That can cause more stress/depression in the end for you.

2.       Reach out. If you feel lonely, seek out community, religious or social events. Even volunteering your time to help others is a great way to help lift your spirits and help put smiles on everyone’s faces and may even turn into new friendships.

3.       Be realistic that the holidays don’t have to be perfect. Families grow and change, as well as traditions and rituals often do. Maybe choose to hold onto a couple of traditions/rituals and maybe be open to creating new ones.

4.       Stick to a budget. When shopping go out with a plan of how much you want to spend and don’t overdo it. You can’t buy happiness. Other options are: homemade gifts, family gift exchanges so you aren’t buying as many gifts, or make a donation to a charity in the family’s name.

5.       Learn to say NO. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling overwhelmed. People understand you can’t participate in everything even though we tend to think we can and we try to.

6.       Don’t abandon healthy habits- over indulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Try a healthy snack before going to a holiday party so you don’t go overboard on sweets, get plenty of sleep and incorporate regular physical activity into your daily routine.

7.       Seek professional help if you need it. If you find yourself bothered by sleep issues, irritable, hopeless, and unable to face your daily routine then make an appointment to see your doctor. You may need more help with dealing with the health issues going on at the specific time.


Marcellus Family Medicine is also offering the flu shot for the 2018-2019 season. Please call the office today at 315-673-9926 to schedule your flu shot today.  


Children entering grades pre K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11 will need a physical for school. This was changed effective for the 2018/2019 school year so please take note and call the office as soon as possible to get the physicals scheduled today
Also, children ages 11yrs old will need an updated Adacel (tetanus), Entering 6/7th grade & 12th grade will need Menactra (meningitis) immunization

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