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Managing the Holiday Blues: Focus on the Positive

As much as you look forward to the joy of the holiday season, this time of year can become overwhelming with feelings of pressure, disappointment or unhappiness.  Below are two coping mechanisms that will help you survive the holiday blues.

Focus on the positive!

Emphasize what is good, not what is missing. Reflect on the good things that have happened in your life by listing the 100 things for which you are most grateful. Avoid using holiday time with family as a forum to clear up conflicts or as a time to wish for all the things that you no longer have.

Inform others of your needs and desires!

No one can read your mind. Inform others of your preferences, needs and desires. Asking for and accepting help with holiday necessities can relieve you of a heavy burden.

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