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Category Archives: Holidays

Coping with Stress this Holiday Season

Everyone experiences stress from time to time. It’s part of normal life. Most people’s stress levels increase this time of year due to the added pressures that come with the holidays such as parties, gifting, decorations, and missing loved ones. When … Continue reading

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I’ll Stay Here this Year

Sometimes we can’t be with the ones we love for the holidays. Sometimes we aren’t invited to spend the holidays with the ones we love. Sometimes we just don’t want to go home. Whatever the reason (a lack of funds, … Continue reading

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T.H.I.N.K.

Sigmund Freud believed that one of the primary explanations for human behavior could be attributed to the fear of death.  My favorite poem on the subject is called “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. It tells the story of a traveler … Continue reading

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The Gift of Self-Care — The Practical Side

I love this season. I really do. I love buying (and getting) gifts, parties, baking and all of the traditions my family celebrates year in and year out during the holidays. BUT, every year I find myself pretty well physically … Continue reading

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5 Signs You Might Be Depressed — The Practical Side

This week I talked to a friend who confided in me that she was depressed. She told me that her feelings of depression had crept in slowly, and it took her some time to realize she needed a change. She … Continue reading

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Another Year…A Better You

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.” — T.S. Eliot I sit here thinking about how the holidays are soon coming to an end, and the New Year is around the … Continue reading

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Getting in Touch

“Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.”  -Sarah Bernhardt I have this beautiful handwritten letter from my Great Aunt Bea, written several Christmases ago, probably as an insert in some long lost holiday card. The paper … Continue reading

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Seasons Change, Our Need for Connection Remains

Tomorrow morning if you wake up And the future is unclear I… I will be here -Steven Curtis Chapman, I Will Be Here The holiday season can be a time of connection where friends and family get together for parties, … Continue reading

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Crafting Gratitude — The Practical Side

Thanksgiving has just passed, and now I am counting the days until Christmas. I love Christmas, because I love giving (and getting) gifts. I love lit trees, delicious treats, and family traditions that have been celebrated and passed down for … Continue reading

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Keeping the “Happy” in “Happy Holidays” – The Personal Side

I could write a novella about drama I have personally experienced during past holiday seasons. I am definitely still learning how to prevent and diffuse interpersonal conflict, especially during the holiday season, but here are some things I have discovered.

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