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'Tis the Season for Adherence: Holiday Tips for Living Well With HIV


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Don't Let "Blue" Be the Only Holiday Color You See

There are a lot of reasons, many we've gone over, for the holiday blues. Times are hectic; many people have negative memories tied to the holiday season; you may have to change your schedule; you may have to face your family; and some people face becoming non-adherent due to various holiday stressors. Between the bleak weather and the media telling us it's the most wonderful time of the year, we're under a lot of pressure to be happy, and the pressure can sometimes be too much.

Our blogger ScotCharles has experienced many a blue holiday season; thankfully, he's put together a list of tried-and-true ways to stay upbeat and spend the holidays wisely while having a bit of fun -- even if you're going it alone, or without much money:

"Make the holidays a time when you won't watch television, listen to the radio, or read. In The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron wrote that we can unleash our creativity if we remove distractions like the media. You can buy some crayons and color if nothing else or you can write a hundred pages on your life to date. With glue, scissors, a scrap of cardboard, and a stack of magazines, you can make collages. Learn to let your creativity flow."

Read more tips from ScotCharles on making the most of a challenging season.

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