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November 24th, 2020
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Be prepared for mental strain during holidays

holiday stress cookieWith additional expenditures, deadlines and interaction with family members, stress can be a bad side effect during the holidays. But taking precautions and learning how to manage the stress can help ease the anxiety. Courtesy photoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


For many, the upcoming holidays will be happy and joyful as family gets together for the festivities. For many others, however, the holidays will be stressful and not quite so joyful. 

The upcoming holidays can be stressful for people already suffering from some sort of mental illness, with about 1 in 5 adults suffering from mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. With that in mind, there are things people can do in order to help minimize the stress and unhappiness. 

“Keep in mind that stress and depression can ruin your holidays and negatively affect your health. Minimize the stress by setting realistic expectations, planning ahead when possible, and seeking support when needed,” Dr. Tera Robinson with Heartland’s Hope Mental Health Center said. “What we call the holiday blues is a temporary experience of anxiety or depression, can surface for a variety of reasons from unrealistic expectations and pressures to finances and commercialization. Some basic things that can significantly decrease holiday stress include planning ahead, learning to say no, strictly sticking to a budget, and maintaining current healthy habits. Especially with the healthy habits, a lot of times during the holidays we'll indulge on a bunch of sugary treats, but having all that heavy food can really do a number on mental health and how we're thinking about things.”


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5 Redskins earn spots on All WAC First Team

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Hays has clear path to sweep of WAC football awards

It was only a season in the rear-view mirror of 2019 where the Hays High Indians football team finished 1-3 in the Western Athletic Conference and placed fourth in the five-team league. The 4-5 overall finish was the ending of coach Tony Crough’s second year at the program’s helm.

Early-season previews indicated the Indians might make a run at the WAC title with a strong contingent of returners. Those prognostications proved to be on the mark as the Indians swept through the conference race with a 4-0 mark en route to a 5-3 season mark.

Those marks resulted in a sweep by the Indians of the WAC postseason awards as junior quarterback Jordan Dale earned Offensive Player of the Year honors, senior defensive end nabbed the Defensive Player of the Year award while Crough was named the Coach of the Year.



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Yet his junior campaign was good enough as he subbed in early in the year when regular starter Dylan Dreiling was out of the lineup. Dale responded with a breakout game against rival Great Bend with a 229-yard rushing effort, scoring 4 touchdowns. That outburst set his season in motion where he finished with 482 rushing yards (7 TDs) and completed 39-of-71 passes (55.7 percent) with 3 scoring passes against 4 interceptions.


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Centrist Democrat Tim Ryan concerned about his party

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Tim Ryan says there is a certain kind of letdown you feel when you lose your home county -- even in an election that you win.

"It certainly does sting," he said bluntly.

The former presidential candidate won his 10th congressional race over Republican Christina Hagan to represent the five counties of Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Summit and Trumbull that make up the legendary "valley" by 7 percentage points. But he fell short by 1.5 points in the place he calls home.

"It was a tough year for a lot of moderate Democrats around here and around the country," said Ryan.

Youngstown State University political science professor Paul Sracic said when the 13th Congressional District seat was drawn after the last census, it was one of the most Democratic seats in the Ohio delegation.

"Ten years later, the core of the district has seemed to have turned Republican," he said. "In Trumbull County alone, we lost a state senator. We lost the state rep. We lost the long-term county commissioner. In Portage County, we lost the state rep. We lost a county commissioner in Stark County and five countywide elected seats."

Ryan lays the blame on a brand that voters in Middle America do not trust to have their back, which especially hurts in a district legendary for its support from working-class Democrats.