It’s hard enough to get up and make it through the day when you have lost a loved one. But when the expectations and busyness of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s are added on top of that, your feeling of loneliness, anxiety, anger and depression can be compounded and hang over you like a dark, suffocating blanket.
Here are some tips to help you get through the holiday season:
- Don’t ask too much of yourself – One of the first things you need to do is recognize your current limitations and pace yourself.
- Have a plan – Having a plan keeps you from becoming overwhelmed. Whatever you plan, make sure you have the flexibility to adjust it.
- Prepare for hard-hitting moments – As you consider each coming event or tradition, you know that some will be more difficult to handle than others. Take a moment to try and pinpoint which moments will likely hit you harder than others.