Christina Dalton

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It’s the holiday season. It should be a time of celebration, enjoying family and friends, and giving thanks for all that is good. At least that is what we are told through commercials and the continued “Happy Holiday” wishes that commence with Thanksgiving Day. Can we agree that there is a lot of pressure to have a happy holiday season?

But for many Americans, the holiday season rings in demands and expectations that can be difficult to manage. Statistically, it is the most stressful time of year. This is proven through the upswing of depression throughout November and December. These demands can be amplified when families have experienced divorce, death, dealing with blended families and even balancing the schedules of adult children who now want to begin their own traditions with in-laws and their new families.

If you can relate, then this month’s article and next month’s reflections may provide strategies on how to do more than just survive your holidays. This is about discovering tools that will help you to be your “best self” during this time of year.

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