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Alone for the Holidays?

Alone for the holidays? Many people are fine being alone for the holidays. But if loneliness is an ongoing issue, don’t accept it as “your fate” or something you “need to get used to.” Research on loneliness indicates it’s a health hazard, like lack of exercise, and more dangerous than obesity. It can lead to depression, damage the circulatory system, and shorten lifespan. Tips: Do not reason your way out of feeling lonely. Don’t fill the void with social media time. Instead, take action to engage with others. Need a plan to get going, or do you have a loved one who needs help? Talk to a professional counselor or your EAP, and develop a plan to plug into a fuller life. Check this out:


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