It's not uncommon to experience the blues during the holiday season, especially if you're coping with a recent loss or disappointment. In fact, just acknowledging that it's normal to feel down -- and that you're not the only one suffering through the holidays -- can help. Give yourself some leeway, too. It's perfectly okay to take a break from some of your past traditions for a year or two, or even to replace them with new traditions.
And if your kids are old enough to talk about it, have a conversation about what's really important to them right now. You might be surprised to find that they're ready to change things up a bit, too.
So how about you? When the holiday blues sneak up on you, how do you handle them? Let our readers know what helps you by participating in this week's poll or leaving a comment below.
Poll: What helps you deal with the holiday blues?
- Sharing my feelings with a friend
- Making plans to do something I enjoy
- Doing something completely different
- Giving to others
- Making an extra effort to take care of myself
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