Earlier this week, I got an email from a friend in which she shared that she was experiencing post-holiday letdown. She'd had a wonderful visit with her son and his family, but she'd also dealt with significant losses in the past several years. While she didn't say that they cast a pall on the season -- in fact, she didn't even mention them -- I'm sure they impacted her emotions and her celebrations.
Immediately after finishing her email, I did a little digging into the feelings she'd mentioned. As is often the case, Greater Good Magazine had an excellent article, complete with suggestions for easing the complicated feelings that so often accompany holidays.
If you're feeling a little blue, please know you're not alone. For many of us, these feelings will ease with a new year and the coming of more sunlight. If that's not the case for you, please talk to someone -- a friend or family member, counselor or therapist or trusted physician -- who can help you find the happy in Happy New Year.
Wishing you joy and, perhaps more important, peace.