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Managing the Holiday Blues

This morning, I interviewed with WLTX on the relevant topic of "Handling The Holiday Blues". The segment will air on Christmas Eve, December 24th and deals with coping during the holidays. BE SURE TO TUNE IN FOR SOME HANDY TIPS... THE INTERVIEW WILL ALSO BE POSTED HERE!

In a nutshell, the "hustle and bustle" of the holidays can bring about much joy and gratitude for all of our daily blessings. It is supposed to be a time of celebration and renewal. However, for many, it is a stressful period coupled with sadness and frustration especially in dealing with family conflict loss, and separation and/or divorce. First and foremost, we have to remember that holiday stress is created by our own perception of what "needs to be" rather than frequently "what is." In good faith, we can give our best effort and yet the white horse does not come riding in, people can still choose misery and unhappiness, and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow cannot be found. Everything changes and when life circumstances change, relationships usually do as well. On a positive note, we always have the opportunity to view hardship as the vessel to strengthening. Healing does not come without pain and, in the darkest moments, it is important to remember

that time does not heal all wounds..but it will take one to another place. The core elements of this season are simplicity, enjoying our blessings, being grateful for all of it, and finding peace regardless of any circumstance. Peace does not mean understanding or even agreement... it simply means acceptance.

Wishing you all the joy and peace imaginable, Jennifer

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