As a child, I used to be so afraid of saying how I felt, that I would rather go cold than complain the air conditioner was too high.

As a young adult, I still struggled with being completely honest with how I felt. There were moments in the past when annoyances would get stuffed down so deep that they would surprise me some time down the line when I was hit with its volcano of emotion.

But recently, and in this holiday especially, I’m learning about the importance of being true to myself. That saying what I need is a virtue instead of a character flaw. And that being honest about who I am and what I believe will not be a hindrance to those I love or make those who don’t know me dislike me.

It’s amazing what the holiday season can bring out.

Maybe it’s all this ample time with family, the stress and pressure of gift giving or the worries and hopes for the new year. But something about the ending of one year and the beginning of another makes me brave, hopeful and reflective about who I was and who I still want to become.

I hope that you too will find some solace in the midst of the craziness of the holiday season. That you will have the support you need and a safe space to be honest about how you truly feel. And if you feel overwhelmed and stress right now, here are few posts to help you de-stress and ease into the new year.

Have a great week and a happy holiday season!

6 Quick Steps: Using Music To Manage Holiday Stress

(Celebrity Psychings) – There are a lot of ways to cope with holiday stress, but music? Yes, music can be a fun and fast way to manage the chaos of the season. Here are 6 steps to help you start singing happy tunes instead of the blues.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year? A Seasonal Mindfulness

(Dialectical Behavior Therapy Understood) – Holidays are supposed to be happy, but for those who are grieving or struggling it is one of the most difficult times of the year. Read this post to find out how you can improve control over your mind and reduce your reactivity to emotional triggers.

How Well Do You Know Yourself…Really?

(Managing Depression Skillfully) – A lot of our self-made problems stem from not knowing ourselves. Yet, it takes courage and insight to do so. This post will get you to question who you are and the people you choose to be around.

Support for Loneliness: Speaking with Sean Seepersad

(Therapy Soup) – If you are dealing with loneliness, then you will want to read this post. It provides information on a helpful online resource to help you cope.

Consciousness Is Its Own Broom

360 of Mindful Living) – Why is Buddha a dried-up dirt cleaner? What does wax have to do with consciousness? This post helps clarify the similarities and in doing so helps you to detox, self-clean and remove the mind-garbage. Still confused? Read here.