The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, right? Unfortunately, that is not true for everyone. Grief is a common but complicated emotion that can appear during the holiday season. It encompasses a wide range of feelings including denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Grief is not just experienced at the death of family members and friends, but at any time our life takes an unexpected turn. This year more than ever, we are grieving the loss of loved ones, relationships, and even jobs as we finish up a year full of unexpected turns and challenges. Closing the year with the holiday season allows us time to reflect, be grateful for what we still have, and take an opportunity to relax.
Reflecting on this year can be tough because of the number of things that have happened, but it is important to acknowledge what we have been through and what we were still able to accomplish. It might be more difficult to be grateful, but weathering the storm is worthy of gratitude. Relaxing might be the most important thing we can do for our mental and physical health this holiday season. There is no shame in taking the necessary time for you, and it doesn’t have to be complicated. A few minutes to truly savor and enjoy your favorite drink or snack can be enough. Maybe even take that snack or drink outside to soak up some sun or gaze at the stars.
But what happens when, despite giving yourself grace to feel all these feelings and taking time for yourself, you still are not coping well with the holidays? Please don’t be afraid to ask for help if you are struggling this holiday season. Sometimes a gentle reminder to friends and family that you are not feeling as cheery this year as in years past may be enough, but there is more support available. If you need someone to talk to, our office is available and prepared to invest in all our patients’ wellness promotion, prevention, treatment, and recovery. Please contact us to determine if our practice will be a good fit for you.