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Avoid holiday stress with “9 Holiday Depression Busters”

Posted Dec 23 2009 2:19pm

holidayshoppers.jpgIn her article, 9 Holiday Depression Busters, Theresa Borchard shows how to keep stress levels low and depression and anxiety at bay over the holidays.

Her 9 tips run from the serious “Avoid Toxic People,” and “Make Your Own Traditions,” to the seemingly frivolous, but ingenious, “Travel With Polyester, Not Linen.”

Here’s a sample:

#9: Exercise Your Funny Bone

“‘Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods,’ says a Japanese proverb. So, if you’re with someone who thinks he’s God, the natural response would be to laugh!

“But seriously folks, research shows that laughing is good for your health. And, unlike exercise, it’s always enjoyable! The funniest people in my life are those who have been to hell and back, bought the t-shirt, and then accidentally shrunk it in the wash. Humor kept them alive–physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Remember, with a funny bone in place–even if it’s in a cast–everything is tolerable.”

Holiday stress is no laughing matter, but with Borchard’s humor, whimsy and insight, taking care of ourselves can be a gift that will benefit others as well.

Read the full article.

Therese J. Borchard writes the daily blog Beyond Blue (voted by Psych Central as one of the Top 10 Depression Blogs) and moderates the group Beyond Blue, the Beliefnet Community online support group for depression.

Read Theresa’s memoir, “Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes,” or visit her at

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