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Holiday Blues

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...

5 Reasons Why My Life Is Awesome

Julia Schemmer | Posted 02.24.2014 | Teen
Julia Schemmer

While life gives us many reasons to be sad, it gives even more to dance. This season, celebrate your wonderful life and all the uniqueness that it brings.

14 Ways to Get Over the Holiday Hump

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 02.22.2014 | Women
Dr. Irene S. Levine

The holiday season can be depressing if you are feeling alone or dispirited and everyone else seems joyous and happy.

10 Tips For Navigating The Holidays As A Blended Family

Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW | Posted 02.18.2014 | Divorce
Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW

The Holiday season doesn't have to be a time of stress overload for stepfamilies.

Six Solid Holiday Blues Solutions for the Single & Childless

Marcy Cole, Ph.D. | Posted 02.04.2014 | Women
Marcy Cole, Ph.D.

What do you experience as a single woman or man, or even as a partner in a relationship without children during the holidays? Do you have difficulty feeling "joyous" during the Christmas/Chanukah Holidays or New Years? If so, what steps do you take to get through it?

Thriving Rather Than Stressing Through Your Holidays

Judith Johnson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

The bottom line is to give yourself the holiday experience that is just right for you. Do what is meaningful to you and be with people who appreciate you. Some might view this as self-indulgent, but I see it as taking responsibility for warming the cockles of your own sweet heart.

How The Menopausal Grinch Stole Christmas

Donna Highfill | Posted 02.24.2013 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

The time for holiday shopping has come, and my menopausal self is shockingly glum. After bad traffic, and an hour of parking, I've started my fussing, and whining and snarking. "They are so happy," I snarl and sneer. "Christmas is coming. Crap -- it's almost here!"

Why My Heart's A Little Broken This Christmas

Mary Kate Sheridan | Posted 02.23.2013 | Women
Mary Kate Sheridan

We were made to be sisters, and it was clear right from that first Christmas how well we balance each other out. Nothing makes this bond as clear as Christmastime.

How To Stay Healthy Through The Holidays: 4 Essential Tips From Dr Dean Ornish

Dr. Ali Binazir | Posted 02.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ali Binazir

Even though the word "holiday" is supposed to evoke images of carefree fun and frolic, we all know the truth: The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year.

Are The Holidays Bringing You Down? 5 Tips To Counter Seasonal Hurdles

Lisa Firestone | Posted 02.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

No matter what is causing our "winter blues," it is important to stay on our own side and have faith that these moods can and will pass. To fight these battles, we must believe in our own resilience, in our ability to tolerate pain and to overcome the inevitable hurdles life brings.

Do You Have a Handle on Holiday Blues?

Helene Lerner | Posted 02.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Lerner

We are in the throes of the holiday season, a merry time of year -- but that's not true for many of us, who are living less-than-perfect lives. Here are some tips that can help you to cope with holiday stress when you are feeling out of sorts.

Fearlessly Fighting the Holiday Stress

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

This time of the year I get a barrage of patients who feel terribly stressed due to the holidays. I tell my patients they have a choice: participate in the frenzy of the season, or reduce stress by changing their view and celebrating in a way that is unique to them and truly theirs.

Faking the Holiday Spirit

Wendy Lustbader | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Wendy Lustbader

Conversations that include difficulties as well as blessings bring people together. Once sorrow is expressed and comfort is received, we tend to feel better. As the burden of faking it is lifted, there is so much more energy and connection available

No Plans For The Holidays? How To Enjoy Them Anyway

Judith Johnson | Posted 01.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

It's very easy to fall into a "poor me, nobody loves me, I'm going to go eat worms" state of mind when you don't have any invitations for the holidays. Alternatively, you could choose to enjoy your holidays anyway. It's all in how you see it and who you hold accountable for the situation.

Start Early: Bolster Yourself For Holiday Stress

John Tsilimparis | Posted 01.05.2013 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

There are many reasons why we suffer from holiday stress, but one of the reasons is we unknowingly put undue pressure on ourselves with unrealistic expectations that generally revolve around family, friends, time management and spending.

How To Beat The Post Holiday Blues

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.04.2012 | Healthy Living

Wait ... hear that? That's our collective sigh marking the fact that the great holiday season of 2011 has finally come to a close. And while for ma...

Your Misery Has Company

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

It's not at all unusual for people to feel more anxious, exhausted, frustrated or depressed at this time of year than they typically do. And what's more, we feel like we are alone in our unhappiness. This common misperception only adds to our pain.

Three Ways the 'Decision to Quit' Can Help You Through the Holidays

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 02.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Seidman

A genuine decision to quit calls for a shift into a new relationship with the hard-edged reality of smoking. At this time of year winter blues and holiday stress, as well as holiday hype and disappointments, provide plenty of triggers for smoking addiction to feed upon.

The Post-Divorce Problem No One Talks About

Juliet Jeske | Posted 02.17.2012 | Divorce
Juliet Jeske

When you are married and you come home for the holidays, no one would dream of putting you at the kids table. When you get divorced however, everything changes.

11 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Depression Triggers

Posted 12.18.2011 | Healthy Living

By Tammy Worth It's a myth that suicide is more common around the holidays (springtime is actually the peak). But holiday cheer isn't a given eit...

How to Beat the Holiday Blues

Walter E. Jacobson, M.D. | Posted 02.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Walter E. Jacobson, M.D.

It is terribly ironic that the holidays, which are meant to be a time for celebration, joy, family, loved ones, connection, harmony and contentment, bring sadness and depression to so many people. Why is this the case?

Holiday Blues: Dealing With Crisis In December

Third Age | Posted 12.15.2011 | Fifty

I have had a lot of experience with sick people at the holidays. Five years ago my husband was recovering from a knee replacement and could barely hob...

Holiday Blues? Dani Johnson, Homeless to Millionaire, Offers Inspiration

The Huffington Post | Laura Rowley | Posted 11.25.2011 | Fifty

The holidays can be difficult for people in financial and personal pain. Dani Johnson, who appeared on the ABC hit "Secret Millionaire," was homeless ...

Feeling Isolated and Alone This Holiday Season?

Judith Johnson | Posted 01.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

If you find yourself on a trajectory of anticipating an awful Thanksgiving, consider what you might do to change that. Ultimately, how you experience that day is a reflection of your attitude.