Holiday Coping Library

  • ‘Tis the Season to Regress
    What is it that makes perfectly reasonable adults start to act like teenagers as soon as they hit their parents’ front door? ...
  • The Christmas “Not To-Do” List
    ‘Tis the season for list-making: Lists of gifts to buy. Lists of cards to send. Lists of people to see and things ...
  • The Empty Chair at the Holiday Table
    Getting ready for the first Thanksgiving after David died was very, very hard. The loss of my husband’s brother ...
  • It’s Halloween: Recognizing Our Shadow Side
    “From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night, good Lord, deliver us!” ~ An old ...
  • New Year’s Resolutions To Build Your Resiliency
    “Life,” as M. Scott Peck said in his book, The Road Less Traveled, “is difficult.” I give him credit for saying ...
  • Alzheimer’s and Coping with the Holidays
    The holiday season is often a time that many of us look forward for visiting and reconnecting with family and friends. Sometimes, however, this season can be sad ...
  • 8 Ways to Take the Joy Out of the Holidays
    In case you haven’t noticed, the winter holidays are here. They sweep over us like a tsunami of lights, ...
  • 10 Tips for Setting Successful Resolutions That Stick
    We know what you're thinking: Here's another article that’s going to give me the same old tips for making and keeping ...
  • When Your Child Asks, Is Santa Real?
    December rituals are similar in millions of households around the U.S. There’s a big buildup to Christmas with trips to visit ...
  • Holiday Feasts and Family Misbehavior
    My friend Jemm was close to tears when she called today. She’d invited the whole “fam damily” as she called it to come for ...
  • Food, Family and the Holidays
    If you tend to struggle with food, weight and body image, holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas can be particularly challenging, because they revolve so much ...
  • Depression and Alcoholism: Five Tips for Recovery
    Alcoholics go through a period of grieving when they give up drinking. For those dually-diagnosed with alcoholism and depression, the grief over ...
  • New Year’s Resolution: World Peace 5 Seconds At A Time
    It's almost the new year, a time to stop and reflect and make promises to ourselves to improve on something. I've been mulling it over for days. Big items like hitting the gym more ...
  • Priceless Presents That Don’t Cost a Thing
    Lunching with a group of friends, all of us 50 and up, the conversation turned to holiday giving. (Of course. It’s that time of year.) “I wish my kids would listen to me,” said Rita. ...
  • Tidings of Conflict and Joy: Surviving the Holidays
    Help with the emotions late in the year typically focuses on the “holiday blues,” but there is very little press regarding the tension and conflicts that erupt during a season that's supposed to be about ...
  • 10 Tips for Surviving Thanksgiving with the Dysfunctional Family
    For some families, holidays are just another excuse to get together to eat good food and to have a good time. They’re not looking for articles ...
  • Helpful Hints for Navigating the Holidays
    The holidays are upon us once again, so I thought this would be an ideal time to review some of the common problems people experience during the holidays as well as some tips for coping ...
  • Holiday Coping Tips
    I thought I'd write a few words about the holidays and the blues, because this is the time of the year people commonly experience feelings of depression, sadness, and loss when many others are enjoying ...
  • The Gift of Giving
    My daughter was shocked. “Mom,” she reported in one of those breathless cell phone calls she makes as she rushes across campus. “There’s a girl in my dorm whose family has a rule that gifts ...
  • In Defense of Thank-You Notes
    “But Mom, nobody writes thank you notes anymore. But Mom, Gramma was here when I opened it and I said thank you then. But Mom, I can e-mail her. But Mom, it’s bor-ing! But Mom, ...
  • Ho-Ho-Ho-Holiday (Office) Parties: Bah Humbug?
    It’s one of those little secrets. A majority of people either hate office holiday parties or simply don’t care about them. Yet year after year, people dress up for an evening of socializing with people ...
  • December Festivals: A Celebration of Diversity
    Companies spend millions of dollars on diversity training to help workers become more sensitive to each other's cultures, traditions, and practices. School boards now regularly struggle with the tension between wanting to celebrate the holiday ...
  • 12 Tips to Keep Joy in the Holidays
    The Christmas season is upon us once again, and once again we find ourselves balancing between our work or studies, hanging out friends, scheduling time ...
  • Focus on Meaning, Not Money: Christmas on a Budget
    When my grandmother reminisced about childhood Christmases, we were given a glimpse of a much simpler time. Born in ...
  • Overeating: It’s All In Your Head
    The following is an excerpt from the book Three Minute Therapy and focuses on the topic of overeating and how cognitive-behavioral techniques can be used to help a person overcome this concern. They say that inside ...