The holidays can hold a range of emotions and feelings. It can be a time of joy and togetherness, but sometimes, it can also be a time of anxiety and upset. Whatever comes up for you, know that it’s valid and there isn’t one way you should or shouldn’t feel.
Recently, Voices of Hope reached out to our lovely community for some tips on getting through the holiday season - so, here they are! If you have any other ideas, feel free to share them with us and our community.
“Though you may feel or physically be alone, you’re never truly alone because there are people that love you.” - Sarah
“If you feel overwhelmed during festivities, take a break. Just don’t isolate. Recharge then rejoin.” - Charlotte
“Find distractions that work for you and use them! Also, use boundaries. Remember that ‘no’ is a full sentence.” - Katy
“When you feel overwhelmed, take a step outside or do something you love. Take a breath - don’t push yourself to a mental breakdown, take it slowly.” - Jaime
“Make it through one day at a time. If you can’t do that, just do one minute at a time. You got this!!” - Kalani
“Talk to someone. Don’t be afraid to share your emotions and feelings. Do things you love.”
“Always making sure to take time for yourself and when it’s nice weather to get some fresh air.” - Eliza
“Some solo fun that will occupy your mind for hours! E.g. new video game, series, puzzle, crafts, etc.” - Alaina
“Acknowledge that it’s okay to not be okay - even during the holidays.” - Bella
“Breath and thank god for being here and make some cookies.” - Stephanie
“Know that, as with all other times, this too will pass.” - Claudia
Voices of Hope wants you to know that you do not have to do this alone. Click here to ‘find help’ - it’s not weak to speak!