In a few days, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving here in the US. The upcoming holiday brings about a lot of things: rest, fun, momentous memories, and a delicious gathering of love, laughter and good food.

At the same time, Thanksgiving also brings about fear, sadness, temptation and disappointment. For many, the holidays are just as much an opportunity for dysfunction, below-the-belt fighting and reminder of a painful past.

Added to that is the fact that no one can live up to the picture perfect images of smiling faces, Iron Chef worthy turkeys and loving friends and family often shown in TV and movies. It can leave us all feeling less than, stressed out, isolated and even depressed.

What you should know is that you’re not alone. In fact, our bloggers are all addressing it this week with tips on how to survive and cope. Now is the time to rest, read up, try new ways of celebrating the season and above all this, be kind to yourself. Happy Thanksgiving!

{Flickr photo by Kate Mereand-Sinha}

{Flickr photo by Kate Mereand-Sinha}

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What’s in a Mindful Moment?
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – What’s a sacred moment? You just had one, but your busyness got in the way of recognizing it. Take time to slow down and read this to help you recognize and cultivate more mindful moments in your life.

Surviving The Great Holiday Depression
(Relationships in Balance) – The holidays provide the perfect recipe for depression. Families, unrealistic expectations and emotional triggers give us lots of reasons to feel distressed. This must-read post will help you get through it.

How to Deal with Holiday Triggers
(After Trauma) – The holidays are not happy for everybody. In fact, for some it can trigger a painful event. But there is another way. These alternatives to traditional holiday gatherings will help you enjoy not dread the season.

Beating Depression This Holiday Season
(Living a Balanced Life) – Statistics show higher rates of depression and suicide during this supposedly wonderful time of the year. To prevent the season from getting the best of you, try these 7 strategies.