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Holiday Blues

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

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 12.24.2014 | 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 12.24.2014 | 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 12.25.2014 | 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 | MarloThomas

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 | MarloThomas

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 12.15.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | 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...

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...