When the Holidays Aren't Happy

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If you’re dreading the holiday season, you’re not alone! The season of joy can be very difficult to get through if you’re grieving, under a lot of stress, or feel alone. It’s important to know that you’re not alone and it’s OK to not be OK during the holidays. But there are things you can do to make the season a little easier on yourself.

  • Accept your feelings – Allow yourself to feel what you’re going through. You don’t have to pretend that everything is fine all the time.
  • Learn to say no – The holidays can come with a lot of expectations at work and at home. If you’re stretched too thin or just don’t have the support you need, give yourself permission to say no to invitations, requests for help, or other people’s expectations.
  • Take care of your health – The weather, cold and flu season, and holiday expectations can put extra stress on your physical and mental health. A healthy diet including plenty of water and sleep can help you stay your healthiest.

Michigan Psychological Care has more tips for self-care during the holidays. We also have in-person and telemedicine appointments. Because everybody needs support sometimes.