*Today’s blog was written by Junnelle Hogen. It is a re-post of an article she wrote for the Register-Guard on December 13, 2015.
Amid the ever-present Christmas revelry and excess, many people feel blue.
Marilyn Montgomery said many people may struggle with heightened anxiety, stress and loneliness before and after Christmas.
“It’s common for people to go up and down,” Montgomery said. “It varies widely, especially for people who have lost someone over the holidays.”
From her experience counseling and teaching at the Eugene university’s clinical mental health counseling program, Montgomery compiled her top five tips for maintaining mental health throughout the season:
Give yourself the same advice you would give your best friend.