As we enter this holiday season, things may not be exactly how you’d like them to be in your family or relationships. Perhaps you’re facing strained relationships, grieving the loss of a loved one, or adjusting to a recent relationship breakup. As much as we often think of the holidays as being a joy-filled time of year, the truth is that the holidays can be a very difficult time for many people. Often, sadness felt during the holidays relates to family and relationship challenges, and this can make many people feel very lonely around the holidays. This year, give yourself permission to feel sad during the holiday season, and know that it’s more normal than you think for the holidays to feel less-than-joyful, especially if you’ve faced recent challenges or changes in your relationships. Also, remember that you can reach out to a local mental health professional if you’d like someone to process these difficult feelings with.