It’s that time again.  Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, parties, get togethers, shopping for gifts, cooking, getting dressed up, dinners, decorating and don’t forget the dog!  The dog has to have a special collar or something, too.

Throughout this happiest of times, aren’t you glad you have Medical Insurance?  Medical Insurance will allow you to see your doctor and pay small doctor co-pay, if that is part of your Medical Insurance policy, when you become exhausted.  Don’t know what exactly the doctor can do.  I guess you could get some sleeping pills in case you are having trouble sleeping because you keep making all these lists in your head while you are trying to get to sleep.  Oh, my goodness, how are you going to get everything done in time?  And, you are so tired because you can’t sleep.  Another benefit of Medical Insurance is that when the doctor writes the prescription for the sleeping pills, you can take it to a drug store that is in your Medical Insurance network and get it filled for a co-pay. Oh, the joys of Medical Insurance!

Here’s another benefit of Medical Insurance.  The entire family all pitches in and everybody is helping to decorate the outside of the house with lights.  This year everyone wants a Santa up by the chimney on the roof.  The man of the house is up on the roof attaching Santa to the chimney and all of a sudden his foot slips and off the roof he falls.  It is probably a good idea to get him somewhere to be seen.  If he just looks like he has cuts and bruises it would be best to take him to an urgent care center.  Hopefully you have made a list (another one!) so you know where all the nearest urgent care centers are that are in your medical insurance network.

Mayo Clinic has some tips if you would prefer to avoid bringing stress and depression home for the holidays.

1.Acknowledge your feelings.  If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with your loved ones, realize that it’s normal to feel sadness and grief.

2.Reach out.  If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events.

3.Be realistic.  The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year.  As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well.  Choose a few to hold on to and be open to creating new ones.

4.Set aside differences.  Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations.

5.Stick to a budget.  Decide how much money you can afford to spend on gifts and food.

6.Plan ahead.  Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities.

7.Learn to say no.  Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed.

8.Don’t abandon healthy habits.  Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all.  Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.

9.Take a breather.  Make some time for yourself.

10.Seek professional help if you need it.

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