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15 Ways To Benefit From The Holiday Season


 

Are you “excited” about Christmas this year? Are you looking forward to New Year’s Eve? If not, you’re not alone.

But for many people, Christmas isn’t worth celebrating without their loved ones, with a depressed or anxious mood, with feelings of uncertainty, with a history of trauma or neglect, or with a current unpredictable situation. We must also keep in mind that some people will be homeless this Christmas or without basic essentials.

This article will highlight a few ways to benefit from the holiday season, while also being proactive with coping skills for getting through a difficult holiday season.

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15 Ways To Benefit From The Holiday Season

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  1. Hi Tamara,
    Thanks for this article… I sometimes get so discouraged with a lot of the commercialism and media portrayal of Christmas especially. Even some of the women’s magazines talk about looking forward to big family gatherings, being together, office parties, baking multiple kinds of cookies, decorating tips, shopping lists etc. There are often photos of gorgeously dressed families and friends, smiling, laughing etc. For so long now I have wondered from time to time if perhaps I am the only one who struggles with the holidays. My therapist says I’m not but no one that I know ever talks about any difficulty with it!
    I could write a book about what parts are hard for me but I won’t lol. I will just say that when I was growing up, Christmas day was the only day I could know for SURE that I wouldn’t be sexually abused. You’d think that would make it a HAPPY day now but it doesn’t. Also, once my mom and stepfather split up in 1990/91, it seems ever since then I have felt responsible for giving the family a good Christmas. I felt guilty because then it was just my mom buying gifts and so I guess some part of me felt I had to make up for the loss of their father’s daily presence. Each year–even though now we are all adults as far as my siblings, I go into debt which I can’t afford and get stressed over, to give everyone several gifts from me per person.
    I just want it to be over already!

 

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