The holiday season is thought to be a time for family gatherings, having a wonderful time, and sharing traditions. The media bombards us with advertisements of the perfect gift to bring joy, happiness, and expression of love. The commercials portray the season with people singing, dancing, fulfilling expectations, and a sense of joy all around us. Usually, it is during the holiday season that anxiety and stress are on the rise.
For family caregivers who may have lost a loved one, the holidays can be a time of sadness, pain, anger, or dread. If you have lost a loved one, you might be wondering how to cope with your grief this holiday season. This may be the first holiday without your loved one. The holidays can be a painful reminder of your losses. It brings back memories and thoughts of the good times you spent with your loved one and that they are not here to spend it with you. While everyone else looks forward to the holidays, you may dread it. Be easy on yourself, especially if you recently lost a loved one. If you do not feel like celebrating, don't!
Here are some tips to help you cope during the holidays and beyond:
Offer yourself some grace. The best thing you can do this holiday season is to be kind to yourself.don't Give yourself permission to feel whatever it is you are feeling. Don't fall prey to the belief that you must feel a certain way or do certain things for your holiday to be "normal. " If you feel sad, allow the tears to come; if you feel angry, allow yourself to vent some steam.
Reach out for help, Contact someone you trust, and Express your feelings. You need people you can talk to about what you're going through or Just a shoulder to cry on. Sharing your feelings is the best way to get through this time. Here are a few available resources if you find yourself without someone to talk to or would like to seek professional help: NYCCP - 718 485-2100. NYWELL -1-800-682-9355. NYPROJECT Hope Support Hotline -844-863-9314. 988 4 hours Crisis Line.
Remember, you have and will survive with God's grace and mercy. As hard as it is for you right now, you will survive. You will make it through the holidays. It may be the most challenging season in your time of grief. And when it does, you will come out on the other side stronger than before. You are not alone. Caregivers Outreach Mentorship Empowerment wishes you a Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa.
Join us on December 21, 2023, for our monthly 45-minute caregiver information support session, "Let's Talk. " Holiday Stress: What does it look and feel like? Tips on destressing your life. Presenter: Cheya Thousand, Author of Making Space For Self. CEO/Founder of CT Wellness Co.