How to Mentally Prepare for the Holidays

Yohnit Spruch, Head of Emotional Support, Circles
The weeks leading up to the holidays can be an emotionally stressful time for many people. You might be surprised to learn that even though most people appear to be excited about the approaching holidays – many more people than you realize are feeling the same sense of trepidation and hopelessness as you might be feeling. Here are some ideas that have been shared in our support circles that many of our members have found helpful:
  • Planning a schedule in advance for the days leading up to and the days of the holidays can help you to know what to expect and feel more in control of the situation.
  • Setting healthy boundaries can help to gain a balance around celebrating but within limits that feel safe and comfortable for you. Remind yourself that it’s okay to say no to invitations if it feels too overwhelming.
  • If you do decide to accept those invitations, forming an exit plan can help if things get too overwhelming – a simple excuse like “I need to take my dog for a walk” can suffice.
  • Choose a specific ritual or tradition to mark the loss of a loved one to help feel their presence during the day.
  • Share memories of meaningful moments with other family members
  • Often friends and family want to be there for you but they don’t know how. Find a way to share with those close to you what support you need to help you get through this holiday period – maybe just a hug or holding your hand when it becomes overwhelming would be a  good start.
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