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"Awareness of Services During the Holiday Season

WASHINGTON -- The holidays are a traditional time of joy, laughter and

sharing with family and friends. They are also a time of remembrance of

past celebrations and anticipation of family gatherings.

While the holiday season is often experienced as a season for

celebration and giving thanks, for many, the holidays may bring

loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress. As the holidays approach,

we encourage you to think about how you take care of yourself during

this time. As a Veteran or a family member or caregiver for a Veteran,

you are never alone; our caring professional counselors are just a phone

call away at 1-800-273-8255.

Below are some tips to help you cope with the stress, anxiety and

depression that can be brought on by the holiday season:

Pace yourself: This time of year can be a joyful occasion but also hard

on relationships and the pocketbook. Be aware of your financial

situation, so you know what you can afford when it comes to gift-giving

and travel. Plan ahead to avoid surprises.

Plan it out: Write lists to prioritize and schedule. Writing things down

often helps you to keep everything organized during a stressful and busy


Take care of yourself: The holidays are for gathering with loved ones,

but keep in mind it is a time for rest as well. Watch your diet and

limit alcohol use whenever possible. Prioritize holiday activities and

avoid those that have caused stress in the past. Most of all, stay

healthy and active. For an exercise strategy, see VA's MOVE program,


Be of service to others: Instead of buying something, you can provide a

service for someone or volunteer your efforts as a gift. Visit a

Veteran who may not have family. Help those in need by volunteering at

a homeless shelter or food pantry. Do something for someone else who

needs it. Focusing on others for a time and doing some good can help

fight the 'holiday blues'. For opportunities to give back to Veterans

for their service, see www.volunteer.va.gov.

Ask for help: If you continue to feel depressed, anxious or stressed, do

not be afraid to seek help. Remember, our caring professional

counselors are always just a phone call away at 1-800-273-8255. We also

have online chat capabilities at


You can also call your local VA medical center to speak with your health

care team. You can also contact the main social work office of the

medical center to get assistance. Find your local VA medical center at


VA Press Release Dec.23,2010

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