People always say that the holidays are a “time for family.” But what if you are going through a breakup? Or you are new in town, working through the holidays? Or you just don’t have any family close by? Have you experienced the passing of a loved one recently, or during a past holiday season? Or, the time with your actual family is just… too stressful?
Those family movies and TV shows from the 1950s and 1960s can seem cozy. But, most of them have a pretty limited view of what a family is. Now, half a century later, we know that all of our families don’t look alike or conform to certain “rules” that we see. AND, most importantly, we know that the word “family” can really and truly include your best friend, your dog or cat, your step cousin, your neighbor or the members of a club or congregation to which you belong. It really includes any other people who love and support you and for whom you do the same.
Every year, the combination of darker days, stress and the holiday season can bring about a sense of depression and hopelessness in some people. Even people who are usually sunny can feel down. This can feel worse if you are going through a break up or some other major upheaval.
Remember that your family (however you define “family” ) is there for you. And, that there are A LOT of people out there feeling the same way you do (even if they don’t talk about it). Reach out to receive the comfort, love and friendship, and make someone else’s holiday season a better time when you do!
If you are seriously depressed or thinking of harming yourself or someone else, get help today. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through phone or chat.
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