I love fall. I love everything about fall. The fragrance of cinnamon, apples, pumpkin spice, and wood burning fire places are intoxicating. The delightful taste of pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, well pumpkin everything over joys my taste buds. Not to mention some of the other wonderful fall flavors, apple deserts with cinnamon, apple cider, turkey dinner with all the trimmings, oh my. And let us not forget the beautiful rich colors of fall: dark reds, golden yellows, deep purples, warm browns and dark greens.
As we are enjoying this spectacular time of year, the market place reminds us that the holidays are fast approaching. The stores are full of Christmas decorations and Christmas carols are playing on the radio stations. Plans are being made for the holidays.
Who’s turn is it to host Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years? What travel plans do you need to make? What dish will you bring to the celebrations? Who are you purchasing gifts for this year and what are you purchasing? How much can you spend? This time of the year can be overwhelming for anyone.
It is especially overwhelming for those of us who have suffered a loss. Your loss could be a loss of a loved one, a job, your sense of self and identity or a loss of a pet. You are caught in a struggle of trying to appear joyful and happy but on the inside you are hurting.
It is difficult to face the holidays. The activities are endless and draining. You may feel like pulling the blankets over your head and not getting out of bed until January 2nd. Take heart. Over the next several weeks we will look at strategies to cope with the holiday season. We will explore ways to:
- Deal with grief no matter what stage of the grieving process you are in.
- Identify the things that are stressing you and how to cope or eliminate them.
- Identify the people who are supportive and those who add to the stress.
- Nurture self care.
- Save face when you are struggling financially.
- Connect with yourself, your beliefs and with others.
It is good to have more then one option. Together we can formulate a plan A and plan B. Please share your strategies with us in the comments. By sharing your thoughts and insights, we can form a community of supporters to navigate the holidays and to make this time what we need it to be.
Until then know that you are not alone. I am here to walk along side you on this journey.
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