Mental health has definitely taken a front seat over the last couple of years.

We were ALL tested when the COVID-19 pandemic was at its highest point.

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As we were essentially locked in our homes, we had to find ways to stay as sane as possible. If you were with people, you had to endure them all day long, every single day. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, but everyone needs a break from someone.

With the holidays approaching, people start to gather. You end up with immediate and extended family all in one room. Maybe you're travelling to see those people for the holidays and it brings on their rules, ideas or plans.

Not to mention just the general stress of the holidays. You know, doing the gift shopping, cooking the elaborate dinners.

All of that is enough to drive a person to their depths. I know spending time with my family and my wife's family can bring undue stress to both of us. Finding ways to get away from it all is extremely tough.

That's why Amarillo Public Health is here to help you. They're hosting seminars that will deal with "Coping with Seasonal Depression and the Holiday Blues".

There are two different seminars to deal with each one of those particular things, and they are ongoing seminars.

The seasonal depression seminar is held on Saturdays at 10:30am through November 20th. The holiday blues one will be on Saturdays at 10:30am as well and running from December 4-December 18.

All the seminars will be located at the Warford Activity Center, 1330 NW 18th Ave.

Don't go at the holiday season alone and stressed. It's far too fun to enjoy when you feel a certain way!

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