The holidays are represented as a time of joy, happiness, love, being surrounded by those we love, family, friends, gifts, and celebration. I mean really, what Hallmark movie isn’t complete without finding your soulmate, having a feast around the table with all your family, snow, or getting the deal of a lifetime? Even magazine advertisements, think about it. Do you ever see a child in a magazine that isn’t happy with their new toy? (Let’s be honest, that new toy will keep their attention for approximately 20 mins) What about the Folgers commercials? Side note…they always make me cry.
For some, maybe this is your reality and that’s great. But, for many there is a silent confusion. A disparity between what they are supposed to experience and feel and what they actually experience and feel. This can lead to sadness, loneliness, stress and grief during and around the holidays. These people are not the exception, I would argue to some degree they are the norm. And if this is you, hear me, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
So here are just a few helpful tips to prepare yourself for the holidays and enjoy them to the best of your ability: