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Best of Our Blogs: December 13, 2016

You’ve spent time and money working on your issues. You’ve seen therapists, read books, and even eliminated a few toxic people from your life.

It’s a good place to be, and you deserve the freedom that comes with working hard on your stuff.

But as the holidays get closer and you begin to see people you haven’t seen in a long time, something happens. Old wounds reopen. Things that hasn’t bothered you in years start to bug you again. You find yourself returning to that small, insecure, jealous person you used to be. What happened?

All is not lost. It’s normal for old situations and painful past circumstances to float to the surface when you revisit people and places from your past. If you feel triggered, be kind to yourself, create a plan to minimize and possibly eliminate painful or hurtful situations. Remember old wounds take time to heal and may not completely dissipate. Healing is an ongoing phenomenon. The best thing you can do is to be gentle with yourself and surround yourself with people who love and wants the best for you.

If you’re having trouble finding those people, or you find yourself eating away your holiday stress, keep reading.¬†There’s something in our top posts this week for you.

Warning Signs of Bipolar Disorder: 22 Signs
(Relationship Corner) –¬†Could you or someone you love have bipolar disorder?

Living Life in Seeking Mode
(Childhood Emotional Neglect) – This is the reason why you eat, drink and spend too much, and what you can do to stop it.

How to Stop Enabling
(Happily Imperfect) – Ever feel like you take on too much in a relationship? Whether it’s with your partner, co-worker or your children, your desire to help could be hurting them.

5 Triggers of Depression in Bipolar Disorder
(Bipolar Laid Bare) – Did you know certain situations can provoke a depressive episode? Be prepared by being aware of what can trigger your next bout of depression.

Personality Check for Depression and Anxiety
(Dysfunction Interrupted) – You crave intimacy and a strong social support system, but feel like your emotional issues are getting in the way. Here’s how to build the social skills and self-confidence you need to attract your desired relationships.

Best of Our Blogs: December 13, 2016

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 13, 2016. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 30, 2020, from
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