GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Although the holidays are coming to a close it's still supposed to be the season for joy and happiness. However, for some people, this time of year brings extra pressure to appear happy on the outside regardless of the way they really feel. A person may be going through a tough emotional time on the inside and having to hide those feelings can be difficult.
Often times these feelings are due to a loved one that has passed away or is sick. Representatives with Hope West Hospice and Palliative Care want you to know that it's alright to be sad. One should look for things that will help cheer you up during this time of the year.
"There are expectations for our happiness during the holidays and it's not the case for those of us grieving and so we have to learn to pace yourself to may be change what our traditions are," says Cathy DiPaola with Hope West Hospice and Palliative Care.
The New Year often means a chance for a new beginning and a fresh start. Trying a new activity or hobby is a way to take your mind off the sadness and help you stay positive.