A patient recently told me that Christmas music actually makes her feel sad. She’s embarrassed to feel like a Grinch.
If you can relate, you’re not alone. The holiday season can be filled with joy, but for many it’s a time of loneliness, reflection on past failures, and anxiety. Many factors cause the holiday blues and extra activities can only add to the stress.
Spending time with supportive people can help you cope and so can helping others through volunteering. Also use the approaching New Year as a time to set new goals and to look forward into the future. Stop looking in the rearview mirror.
If you have the Christmas views take positive steps to sing a different tune and don’t make things worse by shaming the way you feel. Give yourself the gifts of grace and forgiveness.
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