The holiday season can be a time of joy and togetherness, but it also can be filled with sadness, loneliness, and other difficult emotions. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with their mental health during the holidays, and it’s important to know that there are ways to get through this season feeling supported and loved. Let’s take a look at why it may feel weird during the holidays and how to cope.
The Pressure of Social Expectations
It’s natural for us to compare ourselves to others during the holiday season. We often feel like we have to keep up with everyone else in terms of gift-giving, hosting dinner parties, or attending family functions—and when we don't measure up we can start feeling anxious or inadequate. It's important to remember that none of us is perfect; all we can do is our best.
Focusing on Others' Happiness
During the holidays many of us focus on making our friends, family members, and children happy—which can be really rewarding! But if we don’t take some time out for ourselves as well, it can leave us feeling drained and overwhelmed. Try setting aside some ‘me time’ every day where you do something that makes YOU feel relaxed and content. Whether it's reading your favorite book or going for a walk around the block—you deserve it!
Grief & Loss
The holiday season is meant to be special but for many people it can bring back painful memories of those who are no longer here with them. Experiencing grief during this time of year is totally normal—but there are things you can do to help manage your emotions such as talking about your feelings with close friends or family members or joining an online support group.
This holiday season doesn't have to be perfect—it just needs to be manageable for you! It's okay if you're feeling weird; take a deep breath and remember that whatever emotion you're experiencing right now is valid and should not be ignored. Don't forget to give yourself grace; make sure you're taking time out for yourself each day because your mental health matters too! With patience and understanding, you will get through this holiday season feeling supported and loved.
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