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Happy (COVID-19) Thanksgiving!

The holidays are generally an opportunity to suffer due to unrealistic expectations, and this year is going to be extra special! But seriously folks, let’s make it easier on ourselves and “unpack” what Thanksgiving might look like this year. First of all, I don’t see how we are supposed to even have Thanksgiving after having read the CDC’s guidelines. So, if you really want to… Read More »Happy (COVID-19) Thanksgiving!

The Holidays, the Pandemic, and You

Soon, the holidays will be upon us. Whichever holidays you celebrate, most of them involve getting together with family and friends. If you are in an area where you can’t celebrate outside and stand at least six feet apart, it’s rather confusing to navigate how we will celebrate this year. Some of your family/friends feel very strongly about wearing masks, ventilating if possible, and washing… Read More »The Holidays, the Pandemic, and You

It’s That Time of Year When the World Falls Apart…

Yes, Christmas is upon us. I have been looking around online to see what people are saying about how to handle the stress of the holidays and the general consensus seems to be the following: Declutter everything. Have a meeting with your family and friends in which you enlist the support of everyone for a less stressful holiday. Figure out how to visit five different… Read More »It’s That Time of Year When the World Falls Apart…

Holiday Relationship Stress

Why You Get So Stressed during the Holidays and What to do about it

The holidays seem to make everything worse. If you are generally annoyed about something your sweetie does or doesn’t do, you might become intensely stressed about that same thing around the holidays. It’s kind of like a full moon that lasts longer. More accidents, more illnesses, more depression. We are all advancing closer to our personal edge, and trying to get one more thing done,… Read More »Why You Get So Stressed during the Holidays and What to do about it

How to Get Through the Holidays without Having an Anxiety Attack

You may be really dreading the holidays this year—to the point of having an anxiety attack or at the very least an emotional meltdown. A lot of people do. Perhaps someone close to you has died, and you miss them terribly. Perhaps you are trying to have a baby, and have been unable to, and you are surrounded by friends and family who are awash… Read More »How to Get Through the Holidays without Having an Anxiety Attack

Christmas is Coming…

Now is the time to decide to be proactive instead of reactive. Decide how you would like to spend Christmas. How much do you want to spend? How do you want to celebrate this year? You may not get your family to agree with you that you need to cut down on presents, etc. It is not necessary to have a conversation with anyone, or… Read More »Christmas is Coming…

Marriage problems and the holidays

Why Do Marriage Problems Get Worse During the Holidays?

Problems always seem worse during the holidays. Marital problems seem especially difficult, because it seems like you could just decide to “get over” whatever is wrong and “be happy together” during the holidays. Anyway… what do you do if you’re in the middle of some pretty difficult stuff and it’s Christmas? Give yourself a break this year. It’s not going to be the perfect Christmas.… Read More »Why Do Marriage Problems Get Worse During the Holidays?

How to Simplify the Holidays

I practice radical simplicity when it comes the holidays. One of the reasons I do this is because the holidays got very stressful at a certain time in my life.  But since I have simplified, I really do enjoy the holidays more. Simplifying for the holidays is a very individual process. But I did want to let you know that it is possible to basically… Read More »How to Simplify the Holidays