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Published December 25, 2011, 02:13 PM

Tips to Stay Stress Free for the Holidays

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Whether you're at the mall or at home, the holidays can be a stressful time of year.

Whether you're at the mall or at home, the holidays can be a stressful time of year.

It may be the busiest time of year. You're doing more shopping, entertaining and cooking than normal, but Dr. Ariane Getz warns against taking on too much.

Dr. Ariane Getz – Prairie St. Johns: “So with these increased demands and limited time, we get overwhelmed and stressed and sometimes depressed."

Dr. Getz says you don't have to say yes to everything. Also, get plenty of sleep, exercise and eat well. The holidays can also be time when you're missing a loved one.

Dr. Ariane Getz - Prairie St. Johns:: "Cry if you need to, express your feelings, do something special to honor that loved one that you're not able to spend this time with."

While winter may be associated with depression, Dr. Getz says suicide rates are actually down this time of year. That's because the holidays are a time when families and friends come together. So if you know someone who's depressed, you're encouraged to reach out.

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