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December holidays aren’t all sugar and spice for some individuals in our communities, amplifying pangs of loss, loneliness, anxiety and other unpleasant feelings.

North Carolina Central University Professor Robert Horne, Ph.D., says the holiday blues are not uncommon, with activities such as gift-giving, large family gatherings, social obligations and work demands triggering stress and, in some, sadness.

Luckily, the university’s Community Engagement and Service Office has a remedy for that: opportunities for volunteerism and community service, activities that have been shown to improve overall mood and relieve anxiety and stress – even during the holidays.

Calleen Herbert is the director of NCCU’s Community Engagement and Service Office, which serves as the clearinghouse that matching students with service-learning and community service opportunities in the Triangle region.

According to HelpGuide.org, a nonprofit mental health wellness organization, the act of volunteering – involving social contact, sense of accomplishment and the release of endorphins – is a good way to avoid or reduce depression.

Both Horne and Herbert are available for interviews. Contact Renee Elder: 919-673-6015


Published: Friday, December 21, 2018
by Senior Writer and Editor, Renee Elder
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