Here we are neck deep in the holiday season and once again it’s time to honor our individual holiday traditions. For some of us that means getting the tree and all its trimmings out, shop for gifts, bake seasonal goodies, send holiday cards, mail the party invites, attend the company party, plan the family party, hang the stockings, decorate the house, put up the lights and prepare our homes for family and friends. Phew, did I forget anything? Oh, I am sure you can add to my list, your personal traditions. Our lists are long this time of year. Many of us have traditions that go way back and it’s time to honor them. But, what if you don’t want to? Really you would rather shout “bah, humbug” then “happy holidays”. However, that just might earn you the nickname of Grinch.
The holiday blues or seasonal depressions are very real things. For some of us it is increasingly tough to embrace happy, loving and giving feelings this time of year when we are dealing with turmoil of our own. We may be struggling with family members, time issues or having financial difficulties to name a few. This time of year could be too painful because it reminds us of the loved ones we have lost. Continue reading