As we approach the upcoming holiday season, the impact of any loss can feel magnified. This may be your first holiday without a loved one and a sense of fog or feeling like you are just going through the motions may be present.
Maybe this is your second or third holiday and the reality of the loss has really set in so this year may be even more difficult as you adjust to making new traditions. Or it may be your 10th holiday season without your loved one and you may be feeling that twinge of sadness even as you recall fond memories of past holidays.
It doesn’t matter where you are in the process — what matters is how you choose to show up. Yes, I said choose as we all have a choice in how we respond to life circumstances.
I had a free call earlier this month where I shared tips and strategies on the importance of creating your own emotional first aid kit to not just get through this holiday season but to find the peace and joy you want to experience. It was an opportunity to receive support, hear from others about what they have in their first aid kit, and also share what is important for you to include. A this is a way to begin to Handle the Holidays Your Way.
Don’t go it alone. There is plenty of support available — you just need to reach out, even when it’s hard. Don’t muscle your way through another holiday. That’s the difficult way. Flow with the emotions that arise and know you are exactly where you need to be. During this season of love, make sure that you are included in giving that love to yourself.
My very best wishes for a peace-filled holiday season.