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How To Cope With Holiday Stress & Depression & Colorectal Cancer

If you are dealing with grief, use the holidays to help finish your grieving.

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Many different types of loss can cause grief – from the loss of a loved one to the loss of your health to the loss of a job. In cases of advanced cancer, you may be grieving the future.  Grief can be a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs.  Grief can also leave you feeling tired.  Take care to eat as well as you can and get plenty of rest, and take that walk for some beneficial exercise for the body and mind.

We all grieve in different ways.  The key is to not bottle-up grief.  Allow yourself to feel what you feel. Enjoy the good times, but also take the time to grieve if you need to - forcing yourself to be happy may cause additional stress.  If you need to cry, find a quiet space and have a good cry.  Surround yourself with people you feel comfortable around.  Let others be supportive.

If your grief becomes too overwhelming, seek professional help. Ask your doctor for a referral, or see the document in "To Learn More."  For tips about dealing with grief, click here

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