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Seems to be an endless amount of situations, people, events in life we all can encounter that trigger emotional distress. The holidays are one of many due to strong associations and memories about loved ones that can generate both positive and negative feelings. Gathering with family during the holidays can bring joy and peace but for some it can just as easily drudge up feelings of apprehension, pain and distress.  

At some point we all ride the waves along our emotional roller coasters. It is certainly is not limited to holidays. Not getting along with a partner or spouse, surviving parenthood, grief and loss of a loved one, career changes, and so much more. We could go on and on, right? Often, we resolve to deal with what we must and try to keep pushing forward. However, unresolved grief and distress in many cases can cause an individual to label and store these personal experiences in ways that can generate ongoing symptoms of depression, anger and resentment, anxiety, and other mental health symptoms. 

Remember, there is hope! Talk to someone. Find healthy ways to get your feelings out. Have your moment! This can include journaling about your feelings, listening to music, drawing or painting, exercise, increasing communication with friends and family, and so much more. If you are struggling to find healthy ways to work through your feelings, do not be afraid to reach out for help from someone you trust to talk to. Your family doctor and other mental health professionals are  great resources for support to help to guide you along the way. You do not have to face these struggles alone.  You can get through it and there are several ways to access the help that you may need. There is a little saying that my mother always shared with me growing up that I love...."If and when you feel the blues, adjusting it's harmony can completely change its tune". It always brought a smile to my face because of course she had this ridiculously funny dance to go with it, ha!. It had a great ring to it and a reminder that seasons change and so will we in the process. I hope it brightens someone else day too! 


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