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Keys to Coping With Grief During the Holidays

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  • While many view the winter holidays as a wonderful time of the year — especially as it relates to the many festivities enjoyed together with family and friends — after the death of a loved one, these occasions are not only less wonderful, but can also be stressful and depressing
  • Grief can be an “emotional rollercoaster” — one day you’re up and the next day you’re down — and feelings of loss can sweep over you unexpectedly at any time; dealing with grief and loss during the holidays can be particularly challenging
  • Everyone deals with grief and loss at some time in their lives, and many more suffer with it during the holidays than you may realize
  • Some tips to help you navigate the holidays while grieving include: Be gentle with yourself; listen to your body and your emotions; seek out activities and people that make you happy; learn to say no; and talk about how you’re feeling
  • You can also use the Emotional Freedom Techniques, a healthy diet, daily exercise, proper sleep, meditation and supplements to help you cope with holiday stress

By Dr. Mercola

Dealing with the loss of my mom, who died this past July, I have a new appreciation for those who experience intensified feelings of grief and loss during the holiday season. Grief is a valuable feeling but can be an "emotional rollercoaster." Given its ebb and flow, it can be hard to know how to embrace, process and express feelings of grief, especially during the holidays.  

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