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WSU Newsline: Tips for the holidazed
Friday, December 19, 2008 10:16 AM

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Background:
Joy to the world. 'Tis the season to be jolly. Everyone is happy during the holidays — right? Wrong. Truth be told, many people feel lonely, sad, anxious and depressed at this time of year. Wichita State University psychologist Maureen Dasey-Morales suggests the best ways to survive the holiday season and the post-holiday letdown.

Voice wrap:
Announcer: Expectations are great heading into the holidays. Many people look forward to some time off and spending time with family and friends. The mandatory cheer, cooking, visitors, glitz, glitter, toys and a million chores have momentarily drowned out the fear of job security and financial security. Wichita State University psychologist Maureen Dasey-Morales explains why the blues affect so many people after the holidays.

Dasey-Morales: "For some, after the holidays are really difficult because they've just spent more time with family and friends, and now they feel isolated and alone more. For some, they're faced with bills from all the spending they've done before the holidays. And for some, it's a really long stretch to another time off."

Announcer: According to Dasey-Morales, you can minimize the holiday blues by being patient with yourself and with your expectations. Get good sleep and nutrition. Take care of yourself physically, and try to stay in the moment rather than focus on what needs to happen in the future. This is Joe Kleinsasser at Wichita State University.

Sound bite #1
Dasey-Morales says people experience a range of emotions during the holidays. The sound bite is 17 seconds and the outcue is "being expressed."

Dasey-Morales: "For many people the holidays bring intensity and emotions on both ends — the very, very high, and the very low, and it's the expectations that people have really lead to intense emotions being expressed."

Sound bite #2
Dasey-Morales shares a good way to approach the holidays. The sound bite is 12 seconds and the outcue is "to celebrate."

Dasey-Morales: "Probably the best way to approach the holidays is to have realistic expectations, to be willing to be flexible with old traditions and to realize there's not a right or wrong way to celebrate."

Sound bite #3
Dasey-Morales shares one way to keep expectations realistic. The sound bite is 13 seconds and the outcue is "wrong way to celebrate."

Dasey-Morales: "I think the easiest way to keep expectations realistic is to not compare oneself to what others are doing or how they're celebrating or looking for the right or wrong way to celebrate."

Sound bite #4
Dasey-Morales says even if the holidays are difficult, this too will pass. The sound bite is 10 seconds and the outcue is "on their way."

Dasey-Morales: "(It's) important to remember also that no matter how hard the holidays may be, that this too shall pass, that better times are on their way."

Sound bite #5
Dasey-Morales explains what people can do to survive the holidays and/or the post-holiday letdown. The sound bite is 16 seconds and the outcue is "in the future."

Dasey-Morales: "Again, really be patient with yourself and with your expectations. Get good sleep and nutrition and take care of yourself physically, and try to stay in the moment rather than focus on what needs to happen in the future."

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Contact: Maureen Dasey-Morales after listening to the WSU Newsline, please contact her at (316) 978-3440 or maureen.dasey-morales@wichita.edu.
Created on Dec 19, 2008 10:16 AM; Last modified on Dec 19, 2008 10:17 AM