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A Divorced Dad's Guide To Holiday Happiness [EXPERT]
Don't let divorce ruin your holiday season.
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A Divorced Dad's Guide To Holiday Happiness

When divorce occurs, traditions of visiting family leave an unfulfilled emptiness regardless of the busy-ness of your schedule. This time of year is hard on divorced dads, especially those recently divorced. The opportunity to see your kids smiling is at best half as much. Divorce can be like putting on a pair of glasses with dark grey lenses — life turns dull, grim and depressing.

Making your holidays joyful rather than stressful is up to you
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Making your holidays joyful rather than stressful is up to you

The holiday season can be full of joy or full of stress, which is for you?  The difference between finding joy or feeling stressed during the holidays can come from the areas of emotion, physical activities, and diet.  How you deal with your emotions and how you emotionally deal with the holidays can determine whether you have joy or stress during that time.  For example, if you have relationship difficulties with family members or past hurtful memories, the holidays have a way of making you feel worse.  I remember a woman who felt generally happy through t

5 Reasons To Be Grateful You're Single Over The Holidays [EXPERT]
Yeah, you.
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5 Reasons To Be Grateful You're Single Over The Holidays

The year-end holidays are around the corner. November and December are stressful months as families prepare for feasting, exchanging presents and celebrating another year. For many singles, however, family gatherings can be painful — especially if parents, siblings or well-meaning relatives wonder why you're not "with someone."

Navigating the Holidays As A Couple
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Navigating the Holidays As A Couple

Navigating the holidays as a couple can make an already stressful time of year even more challenging for a relationship. This may be because it is often the first time family meets your sweetie; is everyone going to get along? But before you even reach that point, you have to make that big decision: Where will we be spending the holidays… Yours, Mine, or Ours

Keep the Stuffing in the Turkey and Out of Your Family Gathering
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Keep the Stuffing in the Turkey and Out of Your Family Gathering

It’s that time again—the beginning of the holiday season. I actually had another topic I was going to address this week in my blog but I succumbed to the pressure I felt (from whom or what, I’m not sure) to write about Thanksgiving. I guess it makes sense to do so as family gatherings provoke a lot of things for many people. For some, the annual get-togethers are something to look forward to—a means to connect and spend time with family. But for many, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a holiday season riddled with anxiety, trepidation, obligation, and conflict.

8 Holiday Tips for Pregnant Moms [EXPERT]
It's that time of year again ...
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8 Holiday Tips For Pregnant Moms

Pregnancy can zap energy. After all, growing a human takes a lot of work, even if you're just sitting on the couch. Simply walking from the bathroom to the kitchen can completely take the wind out of you. Here are some practical tips to help you stay at the top of your game during the holidays.

Thanksgiving for One: Eating Alone for the Holidays?
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Thanksgiving for One: Eating Alone for the Holidays?

To:         Letter to Me From:     Myself Re:         Thanksgiving Alone Date:      November 22 Hi there, Yea, I’m here. I know. It’s Thanksgiving,  and I’m……well, I could say I’m just checking my email here for a minute before the family gets here….or I had to jump online to check on the tweaks for that special cranberry recipe.  Or, believably, I could be sending a couple of email

How To Get Through The Holidays With A Smile
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How To Get Through The Holidays With A Smile

When my friend Jennifer hears the phrase “the holidays,” she cringes in the same way a dog might when hearing the words “we're going to the vet”.   She thinks of the holidays the same way she views a mammogram. A procedure that takes way too long, never feels good, and must be completed annually.

Take Back Your Power And Enjoy The Holidays
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Take Back Your Power And Enjoy The Holidays

About this time every year people start to get jittery about the holidays.  There is so much angst about it that we start to wonder what it's all about. For some it's the emotions that get triggered about having to get together with family, the expectations that they fear won't get met....again...., the reliving of past hurts and rejections, the hopes that all the bad things that happen every year maybe won't occur this time.

October: The Break-Up Season
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October: The Break-Up Season

Halloween is the cut off for breaking up - this is what I usually hear from individuals thinking of separating, divorcing or breaking up at this time of year.  November feels too late; it is too close to the Holidays. And no one wants to be the jerk who leaves their spouse during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, New Years, etc.  But in October: Holiday plans can still be changed, gifts have not been purchased, plane tickets have not been bought and there is the perception that there will be enough time for some hea

Traveling? A Surprising, New Way To Conquer Jet Lag [EXPERT]
Say "goodbye" to jet lag and "hello" to paradise!
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Traveling? A Surprising, New Way To Conquer Jet Lag

You are jet lagged. This means that you can't fall asleep when required, your eyes close during dinner with friends, you wake up starving in the middle of the night, your brain is sleeping and missing out on the visit of that amazing museum you couldn't wait to see, your bowels need attention when you are trekking with no toilets in sight ... Basically, your system is a mess, and it takes its toll on your schedule and enjoyment.

Holi-dazed and Confused?
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Holi-dazed and Confused?

Do you feel like boycotting the Holiday cuz it’s just not fun anymore??? Not only do the family duties fall on you, but on top of that you may feel overwhelmed and frustrated by the all the things you want to accomplish in the New Year. This time of year is supposed to be joyful, but many women experience sadness and heaviness.

7 Steps To Beat Loneliness When You're Single During The Holidays
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7 Steps To Beat Loneliness When You're Single During The Holidays

The latter half of the year with all of its holiday cheer and requisite obligations can bring stress and burn out at the best of times. If you have the misfortune to be going through some of your "worst of times" during the last couple months of the year the holiday season can take on a whole new meaning. A meaning that you had never planned on getting acquainted with. Unfortunately, life does not work on our own personal desired timeline.

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How Do I Handle My First Holiday Alone?
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How Do I Handle My First Holiday Alone?

Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year's Eve are the perfect times to spend with friends and family. But if you find that you're suddenly single or without a partner, how do you get through this special time of year without feeling completely alone?