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Heloise gives tips to beat the winter blahs

Dear Readers: If the winter blahs are getting to you, here are a few hints to lift your spirits.

Plan for a trip. It doesn’t have to be exotic, and it might be just a trip to a nearby town for lunch with a friend. It’s something to look forward to.

Get out of the house and go window-shopping or try a new restaurant. Call friends to chat, especially ones you haven’t seen in a while. Take a walk in your neighborhood. Exercise. Get involved with a charity you feel passionate about, or get a part-time job. Above all, stay busy. — Heloise

Afar travelers

Dear Heloise: In a recent column, I read about people wanting to live in Paris for six months. We had planned to do the same thing but in the Netherlands and learned that the maximum visit is 90 days. They need to check the immigration laws of France.

For our stay in the Netherlands, we do not have the option of leaving the country for a short visit, then returning. The same rules may be in effect in France. — Nancy I., Canton, Ohio

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send money-or time-saving hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)

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