'Tis the Season to Try to be Jolly

'Tis the season. The world is expecting everyone to be jolly. No surprise, you don't feel like the bubbles in a glass of champagne. More like flat ginger ale, you say? Forced gaiety is this season's curse. It takes a toll emotionally to be in pretense-land. What's a person to do when the only solution to feeling glum is to bring home your baby? How does one cope when Mars seems closer than your goal? Here is a grab bag of coping skills. Reach in. I'll bet at least one can bring relief. 1. Don't try to be jolly. Allow realness. Let 'er rip. Tears are therapeutic. By the way, sonogram has shown that a caterpillar, once in its cocoon, completely melts down, parts rearrange, and presto--out comes a butterfly. Have a meltdown--as needed. 2. Give vent to your feelings. Capture them and put them out--to a loved one, a trusted friend or relative, or on paper (and then ceremoniously burn or rip and scatter as confetti). If all else fails, scream into a pillow or on a rooftop. You won't go down the drain. You will drain the frustration. 3. Alternatively, fake it 'til you make it. Buck up and participate. You may have a good time. It would be normal to collapse in a heap afterwards because you can't and shouldn't fake it to yourself. Make sure your phone is handy. Someone needs to come and pick you up. 4. Connect with those who will validate your feelings. Isolation can be deadly. Who can you melt into for solace? Hopefully your partner. (If there's a glitch in that department, know t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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