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CAMP ZAMA, Japan — The holidays are over and the house is a mess.

The checking account is empty and the social calendar is looking pretty thin. And somehow, an extra five pounds appeared on the scale.

It’s a lot of stress for one month, coupled with cooler weather and darker days. The result could lead to depression or a case of the post-holiday blues, officials here said. And they want to help servicemembers and their families avoid those feelings.

“A lot of times after the holidays people start feeling depressed,” said Charletta Zamora-Cruz, Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program manager.

Zamora-Cruz will host a workshop Thursday to help people fight sad and isolated feelings. The class, “Stress and Holiday Blues,” is open to anyone with a military identification card from any base.

The one-time free class will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the ACS building. Zamora-Cruz said she developed the class using tips from ACS’ stress relief classes and material from the chaplain’s office. It will explore what stress is, the symptoms of the blues and how to overcome them.

To enroll, call ACS at DSN 263-8327.

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