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9 Ways to Beat the Bah Humbugs
People from all walks of life and in all sorts of situations feel depressed, sad or out of it during the holidays. If you have the holiday blues, the following tips may help lift your spirits.
http://psychcentral.com/lib/nine-ways-to-beat-the-bah-humbugs/ - 3-Jan-2002 - Hits: 1992 - Rate This | Details
Alone for the Holidays
If you're alone for the holidays, this article offers some helpful suggestions on how to make the time go more quickly and keep your mind and your self occupied and happy.
http://psychcentral.com/lib/coping-with-being-alone-for-the-holidays/ - 3-Jan-2002 - Hits: 1038 - Rate This | Details
10 Sure Ways to Keep Your New Years Resolutions
Number 1 on the Resolutions List:
Read this article.
Do we ever learn from our resolutions? Answer me this, if we do--why do we keep making the same resolutions over and over and over, year after year after year? Does that say something about us? Jane Collingwood discusses how we can keep our New Years Resolutions.
http://psychcentral.com/lib/10-sure-ways-to-keep-your-new-years-resolutions/ - 29-Mar-2006 - Hits: 539 - Rate This | Details
Alone During the Holidays?
You know the scene. It looks so warm and cozy and loving. The large, smiling family is gathered around an exquisitely laid-out table, brimming with beautifully prepared food. All of this is playing out against the backdrop of a roaring fire and holiday trimmings. Being alone for the holidays doesn't have to be no fun. Don't make it into a bigger deal than it is.
http://psychcentral.com/lib/alone-during-the-holidays-join-the-crowd/ - 3-Jan-2002 - Hits: 1011 - Rate This | Details
Capture that Springtime Optimism!
With spring being the season of new growth, can a person go back mentally and spiritually with their life? There is a discussion of Easter, and mainly how to "go back" to help reclaim a person's mental "springtime".
http://psychcentral.com/lib/capture-that-springtime-optimism/ - 29-Mar-2006 - Hits: 766 - Rate This | Details
Christmas Lighting Addiction
It is an age-old question that has haunted people since the first string of lights was strung in the 20th century. Why do some people seem to go a little crazy with the amount of lights and displays they put on their homes and lawns? What makes some people think that this is a good idea? This growing phenomenon has turned into a full-blown behavioral addiction for some. (A tongue-in-cheek look.)
http://psychcentral.com/newsletter/issue002/christmas_addiction.htm - 22-Dec-2004 - Hits: 304 - Rate This | Details
Don't Stress Holiday Travel
Have to travel this holiday season? Learn some quick tips to make your travel safer and less stressful.
http://psychcentral.com/lib/dont-stress-holiday-travel/ - 3-Jan-2002 - Hits: 424 - Rate This | Details
Finding Meaning in the Holidays and Christmas
The holidays are a time of year, almost a rite of passage one might say, that you either love or dread. There's little inbetween. Most folks look forward to the holidays and Christmas on some level, perhaps believing they can or will rekindle that childhood feeling of innocence and wonder that usually accompanies this time of the year. Most folks, however, don't usually feel the same kind of anticipation toward the familial obligations the holidays often bring. Few folks look at the time as an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the holidays, and why they are meant to be important and special.
http://psychcentral.com/archives/finding_holiday_meaning.htm - 19-Dec-2003 - Hits: 770 - Rate This | Details
For many people, the Holiday season is a time for excitement and happiness. This is when families are "supposed" to join together and enjoy the warmth and comfort of being surrounded with love. However, for many people, this "family love" is not so warm and comfy.
There are other people who look at the Holidays as a stressed-filled time full of disappointment, anxiety, and sadness. But why? If we are typically encircled by family and friends during this festive time of year, why would some people feel depressed? Oh, the reasons are endless.
http://psychcentral.com/lib/frozen-feelings/ - 11-Dec-2005 - Hits: 517 - Rate This | Details
Grieving Through the Holidays
The loss of a loved one (friend or family) is difficult to deal with, but with the holidays coming up, coping becomes even more challenging. Christmas songs are playing on the radio and in stores, people buying gifts, and sounds of laughter are all reminders that there will be at least one less person to find a present for, one less person to share the enjoyment of this 'merry' time of the year; and one less person whose voice and laughter will never be heard from again.
http://psychcentral.com/newsletter/issue002/grieving_holidays.htm - 22-Dec-2004 - Hits: 453 - Rate This | Details
Holiday Coping Tips
Holiday depression is common and perhaps up to 10% of the population suffers from it to some degree or another. It is usually related to the holiday season because it brings back memories of a happier time in our lives. We may remember spending past holidays with a loved one who is no longer with us. Or we may get depressed by seeing so many others who have someone special in their lives — whether it be their family, close friends, or a significant other — to share the season with. Or it may be a combination of these things and others, such as dealing with an ongoing mental disorder.
Herein, Dr. John Grohol helps you make it through the stressful season of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas with some handy tips.
http://psychcentral.com/lib/holiday-coping-tips/ - 11-Feb-2004 - Hits: 1005 - Rate This | Details
Holiday Drinking: Keep It Safe
Every holiday season, people have to deal with the increased pressures and stress that the holidays place upon most of us. Whether we're traveling to be with family or doing our last-minute gift buying, most people feel under pressure during the holidays. This article will help show you how to keep it safe.
http://psychcentral.com/lib/holiday-drinking-keep-it-safe/ - 3-Jan-2002 - Hits: 422 - Rate This | Details
Holiday Stress: A Resourceful Survivor's Guide
Spending all that money on Christmas, or any other holiday got you down? Tired of always shopping, running around, wishing others "Happy Holidays!" and tired of nonstop cheer? According to Dr. McGregor, here's your chance to enjoy a serene Christmas - or Ramadan or Kwanzaa or Hanukkah. Find out how to survive the holidays by clicking on this article.
http://psychcentral.com/lib/holiday-stress-a-resourceful-survivors-guide/ - 25-Mar-2006 - Hits: 215 - Rate This | Details
Making New Year's Resolutions That Last
It's not always easy to keep New Year's resolutions. Sometimes there just doesn't seem to be enough time, energy or willpower to accomplish everything. Don't despair! If you spend some time reevaluating the way you make resolutions, this year can be different. Here are some tips that will help you make resolutions that last.
http://psychcentral.com/lib/making-new-years-resolutions-that-last/ - 3-Jan-2002 - Hits: 493 - Rate This | Details
Making the Most of a Holiday Apart from Your Kids
If you need to be apart from your children during the holidays, this article has some helpful tips to make the time go faster and make it just a little bit easier. Spending a holiday without your kids doesn't have to be an exercise in misery. Margorie Engel, Ph.D., president of the Stepfamily Association of America, offers suggestions for making the most of a holiday apart from your kids.
http://psychcentral.com/lib/making-the-most-of-a-holiday-apart-from-your-kids/ - 3-Jan-2002 - Hits: 343 - Rate This | Details
Managing Children's Expectations: A Key To Happy Holidays
Every child making a holiday list doesn't have deep-seated psychological problems.
Learn how to manage your children's expectations up-front, before they're disappointed, so that you can enjoy your holidays to the fullest.
http://psychcentral.com/lib/managing-childrens-expectations-a-key-to-happy-holidays/ - 3-Jan-2002 - Hits: 488 - Rate This | Details
Preparing Kids for Holiday Visits
You'll make your life easier if you prepare your children ahead of time for their holiday travel visits to family and friends. Visit this article and find out how.
http://psychcentral.com/lib/preparing-kids-for-holiday-visits/ - 3-Jan-2002 - Hits: 272 - Rate This | Details
Seasonal Stepfamily Stress
If you're a step parent or a step child who needs to deal with step family issues during the holiday, this article offers tips on how to make it through this stressful time.
http://psychcentral.com/lib/seasonal-stepfamily-stress-tips-to-help-all-your-family-members-enjoy-the-holidays/ - 3-Jan-2002 - Hits: 448 - Rate This | Details
Surviving Holiday Family Gatherings
The holiday season is right around the corner, and for many people, it means a time of chaos, bankruptcy, and the dreaded holiday gatherings. Memories of past get-togethers come flooding back, and more often then not, negative incidents have more impact than positive ones. As a result, many people are feeling very stressed out and anxious.
For those people who have mental illness, such as social phobia, depression, and anxiety, the parties are the worst part of the holiday, and the fear starts to grow weeks and sometimes months before the holiday actually arrives. Stores have Christmas paraphernalia set up, the malls are getting busier, and the commercials on TV and radio keep a reminder that Christmas is coming.
http://psychcentral.com/newsletter/issue001/surviving_holidays.htm - 22-Dec-2004 - Hits: 442 - Rate This | Details
The Ghosts of Holidays Past
How does a person deal with holidays when past holidays are not from the Hallmark Company? Read on, and here's hope for a better holiday!
http://psychcentral.com/lib/the-ghosts-of-holidays-past/ - 29-Mar-2006 - Hits: 361 - Rate This | Details
The Holiday Train Wreck
Helpful Hints for Navigating the Holidays Successfully. An article from Psych Central's own Dr. John Grohol about some tips for how to ward off the holiday blues, overeating, family stress, and more.
http://psychcentral.com/archives/n121998.htm - 22-Nov-2004 - Hits: 603 - Rate This | Details
The Valentine's Day Fray
What is the big deal with Valentine's Day? Do we only get excited about love on February 14th? It sure seems like that! Just ask Hallmark or American Greetings. Why do some people only get excited about love around this time? Jessica Blaszczak discusses the topic in-depth with brilliant insight.
http://psychcentral.com/lib/the-valentines-day-fray/ - 29-Mar-2006 - Hits: 191 - Rate This | Details