More suggestions for beating back the holiday blues…
- Go do something nice for someone else, expecting nothing in return.
- Avoid excessive exposure to triggers when possible, but don’t lie about the fact that you are avoiding stuff. Tell yourself the truth. I had a funeral I would have liked to attend as a matter of love and respect for the family but it was immediately after my mom’s passing and I didn’t think I could sit quietly and show up. I told the truth about this; it didn’t make me happy to admit it; I will continue to use it for motivation to participate in the grieving process so that I can heal over time but it was necessary on that day to make that choice.
- Take care of yourself but avoid indulging in isolation. Ask for help as part of self-care.
I hope this helps those of us who are struggling this holiday season. Tomorrow, we return to the unfolding of the birth of Jesus.