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I hope you survived the holidays

I hope you survived the holidays and that you had some nice moments with family or friends.

I have to admit, I’m glad the holidays are over. I sprained my ankle last month and I had to move my office the week before Christmas.

Don’t get me wrong. I know I have it really good. And I had a nice Christmas and a quiet New Year’s.  But it reminded me that sometimes the holidays can be hard.

Even if everything goes great, it’s easy to feel a little let down, like everyone else’s holiday is the way it’s supposed to be. And if there’s any extra stress or drama you can end up feeling down and even lonely.

Sometimes it helps to realize — it’s normal to feel a little extra emotional around the holidays.

There’s a lot to do and you’re out of your normal routine. You’re spending more time with family and friends than you’re used to. There can be memories from the past. And it’s easy to have a lot of “expectations” about how everything’s supposed to be.

And …

  • If you’re single or recently divorced — it can feel especially lonely and unfamiliar as you try to figure out where you fit in and how to create new holiday traditions
  • If you’re in a relationship — the holidays can put extra stress on any unresolved issues of commitment, families, money, etc.

Sometimes it just helps to know — you’re not alone and you can get through it.


Vonda (“Vondie”) Lozano, Ph.D., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Hypnotherapist. She’s been featured in Cosmopolitan, the Wall Street Journal and on KABC Talk Radio. Vondie offers hypnosis, counseling, and workshops in Ventura. Nearby cities include Camarillo, Ojai and Oxnard.

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