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Coping with Food Challenges During the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us! We’ve got some tips to help you cope with the unique food challenges the holiday season brings. The skill of Self Compassion can help you immensely during the holidays. We are often compassionate toward other people, but fail to allow ourselves the same. Practicing self compassion will allow you…

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Why Gratitude May Be the Best Gift You Give This Year

It’s the season of thanksgiving and gifting once again. Per tradition, we rush around Houston shopping for presents and filling our pantries with items for the ritual feasts. We overdose on seasonal songs and sweet family movies. We busy ourselves with online wish lists. Then we pour on ourselves loads of Pinterest-perfect pressure to create a…

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Too Depressed to Deck the Halls? 5 Strategies for Hap...

Are you currently decking the halls with boughs of holly or dodging bouts of holiday depression? Depression at this time of year is fairly common, so don’t beat yourself up for feeling particularly blue. You are not alone if sadness and isolation are all that seem to accompany the deluge of toy commercials, family gatherings,…

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Thanksgiving and Guests with Political Differences: 5...

This year’s election has been more contentious than most. Everyone’s still on edge and feelings are raw on both sides. Lucky you, you get to spend Thanksgiving with all these people. Before you cancel Thanksgiving altogether because you don’t know how to handle these political differences, try these 5 tips instead to keep the peace.…

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4 Ways to Cope with Rejection and Loneliness During t...

At this time of year, when spending happy moments with family is given so much emphasis, it’s even harder to deal with the loss of a family member, painful family memories, and loneliness. The holidays may be a greater reminder of the loss of someone you love. Sometimes being with family causes us to self-evaluate in…

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Self Renewal During the Holidays

The holidays can often be a hectic, over-scheduled, stressful time despite the intention of connection, goodwill, and peace. Start your holiday season off by committing to yourself this year. Ask yourself what do you need to renew, refresh and connect this holiday season? Remember, self-care is not selfish. Self-care is what allows you to be…

depression during the holidays

Depression During the Holidays

Coping with Depression During the Holidays The holiday season tends to affect people on multiple fronts. The images of loving family and good cheer can contrast starkly to our own experiences. In addition, people may be affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (seasonal depression) caused by the short days and the early darkness. Tips on dealing…