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Holiday Self-Care: Allow Yourself to Feel

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When sad or unpleasant feelings begin to overwhelm us, your natural tendency may be to press them down and ignore them.  Doing this can lead to these emotions “eating you up” on the inside and will eventually begin to affect your mental and physical health.  Allow yourself to feel whatever emotion that comes your way.  If you feel like laughing, laugh.  If you feel like crying, cry.  If you want to be to yourself because it is just too much to be around people, do that.  You can often do more harm to yourself than good when you try to suppress these feelings.  Be open to your feelings and allow yourself to feel them in their totality.  Accepting your feelings is a form of self-care as you allow yourself to feel emotions and work through them.

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