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Mental wellness during the holidays

Marissa Dunkerley, LCSW, Behavioral Health Therapist for Liberty Hospital Primary Care Clinics offers these resources to help you have a more enjoyable, relaxing holiday season:

Late October through the first week of January can be tough for a multitude of reasons. We miss those loved ones we have lost or miss what past holidays looked like. We are not always able to have an ideal holiday, and that can feel lonely, sad and isolating.

Holiday stress

We know from research that stress impacts, not only our mind and mood, but also our physical health. Check out what the American Heart Association suggests for coping with holiday stress and tips from Psychology Today, as well.

Holiday Stress? Try Our Top 5 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season| AHA

10 Ways to Cope with Holiday Stress| Psychology Today

Holiday grief

Loss is an umbrella term referring to many ways people, places, and sometimes pets exit our lives. Whether by death, divorce or even moving from where we called home, we grieve for what was once a constant and is now no more. The Hospice Foundation of America and The New York Times both offer the following advice:

Three Cs for Coping with Grief| HFA

Plan a Trip, Skip the Tree: How Our Readers Get Through the Holidays after Loss| NYT

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

“Winter Blues,” is a popular term for the gloomy mood we all can adopt when there is less sunshine and increased darker than lighter hours in the day. However, it is important to be on the lookout for a more serious condition in ourselves and those around us. Read more from Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons and The National Institute on Mental Health to gain a better understanding of SAD.

Feeling SAD? How to Fight Back Against Seasonal Depression| AARP

Seasonal Affective Disorder| NIMH

It is my sincere hope that you enjoy these next couple of months, however you choose to do so. This can truly be a beautiful time for peace and joy. Please contact your primary care provider today if you are struggling. Happy Holidays, everyone!

Marissa Dunkerley can be seen by referral only from primary care providers in Liberty Hospital's network. Liberty Hospital has five primary care clinics in the Northland.

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