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Best of Our Blogs: December 11, 2018

For a season that’s supposed to be “the best time of the year,” many of us are filled with grief, anxiety and depression.

The whirlwind of activities, death of a loved one or feeling alone are enough to engender sadness.

If Christmas music, family gatherings and holiday decorations are getting you down, our top posts this week will not only help you understand why you’re having a hard time this season, but will give you tips, activities and suggestions for how to cope.

Powerful Ways to Care for Yourself When Sadness Surfaces
(Weightless) – If you’re sinking into sadness this holiday, these creative activities will lift you up.

9 Ways Childhood Emotional Neglect Makes Your Holidays More Difficult
(Childhood Emotional Neglect) – Your inability to enjoy the holidays may have to do with this.

6 Common Types of Boundary-Pushers: Do You Have One in Your Life?
(Common Humanity) – No wonder you’re upset. These people know how to push your boundaries.

How a Traumatic, Controlling Upbringing Makes You Unmotivated, Overwhelmed, and Empty
(Psychology of Self) – Your lack of motivation, passivity and feelings of emptiness could have derived from these damaging ways you were controlled as a child.

Ease the Stress of Grief during the Holiday Season
(Pet Ways to Ease Stress) – If you’re struggling with loss this season, this will help you cope.

Best of Our Blogs: December 11, 2018

Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.

Brandi-Ann Uyemura is a freelance writer specializing in self-help, spirituality, psychology and small business articles. She has a BA in English from University of Oregon and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She writes for various companies and publications and teaches stress management workshops. For more information, see her website

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Uyemura, B. (2018). Best of Our Blogs: December 11, 2018. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 26, 2019, from
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