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When the Holidays are Hard

The holidays are meant to be a season of giving thanks, feeling joyous and spending time with loved ones. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for everyone. Feelings of stress and depression can creep into the holiday season celebration. Here are some tips for coping with the darker days.

  1. Understand Your Feelings: It’s important to acknowledge your feelings. This can be tough especially if everyone around you is happy. But not everyone is happy all the time. Because the holidays are supposed to feel like a special time, that can make things worse. It’s OK to feel sad or lonely right now. The first step to feeling better is to acknowledge that you’re feeling bad.

  2. Talk to Someone: You don’t have to sit with your feelings alone. Talk to a family member or close friend. If you’re uncomfortable with that, reach out to a professional. We have a list of contacts on our website. You can also call us at (907) 789-7610.

  3. Do Something: Go for a walk. Exercise. Read a book. Have coffee with a friend. Participating in activities, especially those involving being active, is a great way to boost your mood.

  4. Focus on the True Meaning: In today’s society, the holidays have become synonymous with elaborate celebrations and gift-giving. That’s not what they’re really about. You don’t need expensive gifts or giant get-togethers to be happy. The holidays are about spending time with loved ones, whether that’s family or friends.

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