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Holiday stress

Don't let the cheery music and sparkly lights fool you -- the holidays can be a tough and stressful time for many -- especially in these rough economic times.

There are some things you can do to help ease some of the stress.

The main thing -- exercise. Pumping up boosts the brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Doctors also say it can improve mood and give you that extra energy needed for late-night gift wrapping and cookie baking.

If you feel yourself getting really discouraged during these dark winter months, talk to a doctor about getting a therapeutic light box. Using it in the morning could help.

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