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The holidays aren’t the most wonderful time of the year for everyone. Whether it’s your first New Year’s Eve without someone you love or your tenth Thanksgiving away from your kids, you may find yourself dreading the holiday season. And the fact that there can be more pressure to be attentive and cheerful during the holidays can make it even worse.

You deserve to honor the holidays in a way that works best for you—and to take care of yourself in the process. Use this bill of rights to give yourself permission to make the holidays what you need them to be. Share it with loved ones so they can help support you.

This holiday season, you have the right to:

  1. Choose how you want to spend the holiday
  2. Do only what feels right
  3. Let people help
  4. Feel however you feel
  5. Talk about it—or don’t
  6. Take care of yourself
  7. Hold on to hope

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