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Even if you’ve been feeling okay, the end of the year can bring mental health challenges for anyone of any age.  It’s no coincidence that in much of the United States the winter months can be some of the darkest, longest and coldest. The way many people cope is to celebrate the traditions of the holidays with friends and family. For others, the holidays can act as a trigger for depression, anxiety, and physical symptoms such as headaches. It is important to remember to care for yourself during this time. Sometimes taking a short walk, eating a nutritious meal, laughing with a friend, and remembering to rest is enough to get through a tough day.

Hemophilia Federation of America wants to remind you it is not a sign of weakness, but one of strength, to ask for help if you are feeling overwhelmed. If you need help, we encourage you to reach out to a mental health professional. Not sure how to find one? Ask your primary care doctor for a referral.

For more see the Mayo Clinic tips on managing mental health during the holidays:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20047544

HFA’s Programs provide national and local social support for the bleeding disorders community. Get involved here: https://www.hemophiliafed.org/for-patient-families/get-involved/

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