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Randy Kobienia, a clinical exercise physiologist from Rice Memorial Hospital, is pictured Thursday at the Willmar Community Center as discusses how exercise can decrease stress, anxiety and depression. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Holiday blues getting you down?

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Letting go of high expectations for the holidays can help ease the blues that people sometimes feel at Thanksgiving and Christmastime, a local therapist advises.

"I do believe that we often set ourselves up for unrealistic expectations, when really Christmas is about being with the people we love," said Alan Johnson, a family therapist and licensed social worker with the Rice Institute at Rice Memorial Hospital.

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