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

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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

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)

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 m...

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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 generou...

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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 clu...

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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 behav...

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Lack Of Self-Confidence

... is associated with:

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Self-confidence without competence is of as little use as is competence without self-confidence.

Building Your Self-Confidence

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  1. Improve your competencies
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  5. Repeat

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