Do you have mixed feelings about the holiday season? As we get ready for Thanksgiving, our calendars (and all the stores) tell us the holidays are indeed upon us. Tradition says this is a joyful period full of gratitude, family, hope, and celebration.
But how do you navigate this time of year when part of you doesn’t feel like celebrating? Some of us have lost (or are losing) loved ones; some are getting divorced; some are worried about illness or financial security. And some of us are trying to cope with the sense that life isn't turning out the way we thought it would.
You may know you need to work on accepting this new reality, but holiday time adds another layer to the loss. This extra layer includes expectations. We’re “supposed” to be happy and ready to party this time of year! TV commercials and sitcoms show us incredibly happy people enjoying their holidays; workplaces and homes are decorated and music reminds us to be of good cheer.
It makes sense to feel disconnected from joy during times of loss. Depending on what’s going on in your life you might feel left out, alone, and unable to join in the revelry; like having an invisible disability that no one truly understands.
You are not alone in having these mixed feelings. Here are some strategies for coping and even thriving throughout the holiday season.
Try some of these approaches to make holiday time more comfortable:
I hope the upcoming holiday season is meaningful and enjoyable for you. Please comment with additional tips or thoughts about navigating your holidays.
Wishing you peace and healing,
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