Christmas is fast approaching! Some of us are super excited… while others are faking a smile.
It is important to remember that mental health conditions do not take a break during the festive season. They are illnesses and illnesses do not have an off switch. It is okay to have bad days, no matter what time of year we are in, please do not feel as though you have to hide your emotions because it is Christmas… your emotions are still important, they are valid and they matter. If the Christmas season is getting too much for you, take a step back! It is important to look after yourself.
People would not expect someone with a physical illness to ‘just get over it’ because it is Christmas… so they should not expect that from those who are struggling with their mental health.
The holiday season can be difficult for many people, some do not have family and friends to celebrate the holidays with, some people are too anxious and nervous to attend festive events, some wake up in the morning and have zero motivation to get out of bed so they go back to sleep. Some find eating large dinners and drinking around the table with loved ones to be daunting. The point I am trying to make is that Christmas is not a happy time for everyone. Mental health conditions will still be present, they cannot be forgotten about for the day, so it is important to look after the people around you and show love and understanding no matter how they choose to spend the season.
If you are struggling, please do not feel guilty. We all know that you wish you could turn it off… but we all understand that it is not that simple.
Put yourself first, spend the holidays in a way that you feel comfortable with and make sure to check in on your loved ones as you never truly know how they are feeling.
You are never alone, there are millions of people out there who understand what you are going through and there are plenty of people willing to be there for you.
Here at SeeTheUniverse, we run a Christmas Project to help people feel less alone during the Christmas holidays.
You can read more about that here!
You can also join our Facebook group, which is designed to help people to connect, share and support! The link for that is here!
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year,
Take care of yourself and Have Hope Always
From Aimee xo