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Holiday Blues

Let Go of Your Inner Critic, an Unwelcome Holiday Guest

Lisa Firestone | Posted 12.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Lisa Firestone

This time of year, our sentiments are filled with wishes of joy, happiness, love, and light. Yet, for so many people, the holiday season is not the pi...

How To Beat Sadness During The Holidays

O, The Oprah Magazine | Pam Masin | Posted 12.07.2016 | OWN

“Blue Christmas” isn’t just an Elvis song. Many of us tend to despair during the holidays—and here’s an unsettling factoid: More people die ...

'Tis The Season For The Holiday Blues: Here's How You Can Heal

Dr. Juli Fraga | Posted 12.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Juli Fraga

While we often view the holidays as a merry occasion, many people don’t feel like singing ”Joy to the World” to celebrate the season. Quite the ...

How To Celebrate The Best Parts Of The Holidays All Year Long

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 12.26.2015 | Healthy Living

After weeks of preparation, menu planning, decorating and addressing greeting cards, just like that another holiday season has passed us by. Although ...

When December Holly Isn't So Jolly

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 12.18.2016 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

All of your senses are challenged when you're grieving. The world gets paler. Mom's death would have been hard whenever it happened, but the stress and loss seemed amplified by the festivities around me. In a month drenched with music, lights, and reminders to be cheery, it can feel so much harder to just sit with sad feelings and grieve.

Another Motherless Christmas

Tamika Felder | Posted 12.18.2016 | Women
Tamika Felder

We are all survivors, finding our way and making new Christmas traditions. The most important thing to remember is that we are doing them together.

The Ghosts Of Christmases Past

Wendy Fontaine | Posted 12.15.2016 | Divorce
Wendy Fontaine

Since my marriage ended in early December, right before the holidays, certain associations persist. The piano music on "A Charlie Brown Christmas" may always remind me of the day I hung two stockings instead of three.

The Serious Condition That May Be Mistaken For 'Holiday Blues'

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.02.2015 | Healthy Living

With Thanksgiving behind us, it's officially the season of holiday cheer -- but not for everyone. For many people, the month of December and the onsla...

Restoring Faith to the Approaching Holidays

Dr. Michael B. Brown | Posted 12.01.2016 | Religion
Dr. Michael B. Brown

How do we cope with what some call "the holiday blues"? Perhaps one key to keeping the holidays in balance and in proper perspective is to appeal to our faith, which obviously is where the holidays were meant to be focused in the first place.

Expect The Holidays To Re-Trigger The Grief Of Loss

U.S. News & World Report | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.29.2015 | Healthy Living

Have you ever noticed that your mood changes in a similar way at a particular time of year for reasons you can’t quite pinpoint? Maybe you often fee...

Thankful to Be Happy or Is It Happy to Be Thankful? Six Steps to Be Happy, Healthy and Successful

Marilyn Tam | Posted 11.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Marilyn Tam

Whether you are blue from immediate circumstances or grieving memories and other disappointments, there are ways out of that valley of misery. Here are six steps that may help.

What's Good for Roses Is Good for You

Tara Fass | Posted 11.08.2016 | Green
Tara Fass

If you expect blossoms next spring, a severe cutting back is a must end of fall garden ritual for roses. Before they go dormant for the winter, there...

Beating the Colorado Blues

Rachael Oakes-Ash | Posted 05.26.2015 | Travel
Rachael Oakes-Ash

It's 4.00am and I'm battling the desire to fully awaken. My body is in Sydney but on USA time after three weeks in Colorado on the ski trip of a lifetime.

Post-Holiday B.S. Blues, Mindfulness and Keeping the Heart Open

Julie Genovese | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Genovese

It's usually sometime between Christmas and New Year's Eve that my heart starts to close. As I unknowingly disconnect from home base, my B.S. upstairs...

What's the Cure for a Holiday Hangover?

Lauren Stevens | Posted 03.07.2015 | Parents
Lauren Stevens

I was left with a fatigued sense that, somehow, things had gone horribly wrong. Christmas was supposed to be an exciting and enchanting experience for our little one, yet I had the distinct feeling that he had ruined it.

Why It Can Be So Hard To Put The 'Merry' Back Into Christmas

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 02.23.2015 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

With all this holiday festivity, it may be hard to understand how there's room for anything but Merry; yet every year I struggle with mixed emotions. As much as I want to embrace all the cheer around me, I also feel stressed by all the preparations; I miss my family and the memories of Christmases past.

Surviving the Holiday Blues

Amy Arndt | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Arndt

This year, I entered the holiday season in a funk. At work and at home, I felt pulled in too many directions. The thought of the holidays seemed overwhelming, and if I'm being completely honest, I really just wanted it to come and go without having to participate at all.

5 Ways To Beat The Holiday Blues

Lee Gaitan | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Lee Gaitan

If all the holiday displays of red and green have left you feeling bluer than blue, take heart because you are not alone. While no formal studies have been conducted on the incidence of the "holiday blues," a mental health expert I recently talked to was quick to say it is not an unusual occurrence.

What To Do To Beat The Holidays Blues, From Dr. Gail Saltz (VIDEO)

Posted 12.22.2014 | Home

What can you do to beat the holiday blues? Psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz says it's important to first figure out why you're feeling this way. If you are...

Dr. Gail Saltz With Marlo Thomas (VIDEO)

Posted 12.22.2014 | Home

This week, psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz joined me for this special episode of Mondays With Marlo. Dr. Saltz had answers to all of your questions -- fro...

Why We Get Depressed At The Holidays, And How To Deal

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living

It's the most wonderful time of the year... well, not for everyone. While images of love and joy fill storefronts, TV screens and magazine pages, ...

5 Ways to Fight Loneliness Over the Holidays

Lisa Firestone | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

It's a universally meaningful time for millions of people, and I would argue that this sense of connectedness is a large part of what makes the season seem sort of magical. Yet for many people, the winter months don't always live up to their heartwarming reputation.

6 Essential Tips for Surviving the Holidays: Let the Games Begin!

John Tsilimparis | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

But the holidays do not have to be so stressful. If we open up our minds a little bit and heighten our awareness to how blindly we subscribe to holiday dogma, we may be able to alter our reaction to it. So, if indeed the drama is partly self-inflicted, then we have the power to "un-inflict" ourselves and let go of the traps we easily fall into.

Stop Hating Yourself for Hating Vacation

Nancy Colier | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

Something amazing happened on this holiday. It seems that all the years of spiritual practice kind of kicked in. When I stopped judging myself for the experience I was having, stopped hating myself for hating vacation, I discovered two wonderful things: humor and compassion.

How To Survive The Post-Holiday Blues

Posted 12.26.2013 | Healthy Living

From Mother Nature Network's Jenn Savedge: You've been waiting all month - or maybe even all year - for this moment. And now that the gifts have b...