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Blue Can Be Another Color of the Holiday Season

Alliance/Thinkstock(ROCHESTER, Minn.) -- Feeling a little blue these days?  You’d be wise to lower your expectations.

Stress management expert Dr. Amit Sood says what happens is some people take the expression “Have a joyous holiday season” a little too literally and start feeling lousy if things don’t always go according to plan.

Sood, who works at Mayo Clinic, explains, “You can't force yourself to be happy just because it's the holiday season.  If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events.  They can offer support and companionship.”

One of the great disappointments people encounter, Sood says, is changing family rituals and traditions.  He recommends accepting people the way they are by setting aside grievances, particularly if they’re petty.

Sood also notes that for folks who need a break from holiday stress, a little "alone" time may be just what the doctor ordered.

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