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Kenya: Five Tips On Coping With a Holiday Split

'Tis the season to be jolly - and breakups - fa la la la la..." Sad but true. Did you know splits are common during the holiday season? Family obligations, shopping frenzies and feeling the time-crunch on another year wrapping up; if the relationship isn't strong, you might just hear of some of your pals cutting their losses before Christmas, New Year's and just around the corner - Valentine's Day.

Here are 5 tips on coping with a holiday split:

Procrastinating drags out the depression

If you've received a lot of gifts as a couple or have booked a holiday, make sure you return the gifts and cancel your reservations ASAP.

Plan your responses:

Heading to the annual family shindig? Be prepared for probing questions. Don't be caught off-guard and sulking in awkward moments. Prepare some witty answers like "She just didn't measure up Mom."

Charity work always makes the heart happier

Find out ways to give back during this holiday season. Volunteer at an old-age home or orphanage and make your heart feel happy and joyful again.

Hibernate if you must:

Don't fly solo. Make some time for coffee and manageable catch-up sessions with good friends. Now, if you do want to be miserable, you're entitled to it. But, just don't let your funk mood drag on for too long.

Love yourself:

Some may call it self-centered, but if you don't love yourself, who else will? Go do something to pamper yourself to the fullest. Whether it's dining in the most exclusive restaurants, having a Thai masseuse rub their fingers into you, or splurging on a divine manicure and pedicure - go do it! Don't feel guilty.

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