Tis the Season to Be … Stressed Out and Sad?

by Leigh Ann Otte

I don’t know about you, but my Christmases as a child were simple perfection. Oh, sure there were the occasional scuffles, but how could you not be thrilled with a day of presents, food, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, food and presents?

As an adult, the holidays can still be joyful, but things are … different. Cooking, cleaning, shopping, spending, cooking, cooking. It can get overwhelming. Add to that the fact that some of those family members may not be around anymore, and it’s no wonder some of us react to “Joy to the World” with a lump in our throat.

For our featured article this week, family doctor Andrea Gordon answers three winter mental-health questions. It’s is a quick read and sheds light on some issues, like how expectations from childhood can mar our adult enjoyment.

How’s your holiday season going? How do you deal with—or ward off—holiday stress and sadness?

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a freelance writer specializing in health and aging. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

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