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Yes, It's O.K. to Be Sad During the Holidays

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/21/smarter-living/yes-its-ok-to-be-sad-during-the-holidays.html

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Yes, It's O.K. to Be Sad During the Holidays
Sometimes the holiday spirit just passes us by, and that's perfectly normal. All I want for Christmas is a nap. The more I try to get into the holiday spirit - you know, the way everyone else seems to be - the sadder and more anxious I become.

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Depression During Holidays

Depression During Holidays

Holidays are supposed to be a happy time, but many people feel sadness due to heightened expectations, family rifts and comparison with others.

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FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)

FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)

Our cause of sadness is often related to the fact that we compare our lives with the lives o the people we follow and that seem to be having loads of fun on social media

Try to avoid social media during holidays and during mandatory social gatherings. Also, avoid gatherings that drain your energy.

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Creating Your Happiness

Creating Your Happiness

Negative emotions can sap us from the inside. Create your happiness by observing and learning from your negativity by using self-awareness

Brighten your day by being generous, providing funds to the needy, holiday gifting to the poor, or doing some volunteer work.

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Seeking Company

Seeking Company
Find someone you can talk to in your neighborhood, society or even social media if you are home alone.
You can even connect with other people who are alone and form a virtual club.

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Holiday Blues

Holiday Blues
The feelings of sorrow, alienation, and loneliness can be related to holiday blues, or to something chronic if they continue even after the holidays are over.
If there is a behavioral change or increased substance abuse, it may be something more than holiday blues.

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