We are told that the holidays are a time of joy, laughter, fun, and family for all. However, the holiday season can be a very difficult and painful time for many persons who are faced with:
- illnesses of all kinds
- economic issues
- separation from family
- relationship issues like separation or divorce.
Our inner self can become conflicted when the feelings of despair, helplessness, and bah hum-bug go against the holiday cheer that seems to be all around.
During this time It is important to keep appointments with mental health professionals, take medications, and attend support groups.
The holidays are a time when many gatherings and parties happen. If you are dealing with mental health challenges, you may feel overwhelmed at times with the amount of attention you receive and/or interacting with various people at these events. It is helpful to prepare yourself by knowing who may be at a gathering.
It is also all right to excuse yourself for some time away. Go to a quiet place, to recharge and have a brief separation from the excitement of the crowd. Prolonged isolation is not good but brief moments of separation can be helpful.
"We would all do better to let go of the image of the "perfect" holiday and focus on accepting ourselves and our loved ones without judging, criticizing or advising." -Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder
Wishing you a positive holiday experience,
Camille McDaniel, LPC, NCC, CPCS