Are you anticipating that it is not going to be easy getting through this holiday because of a divorce, the death of a loved one, or having an empty nest. May be you are suffering from a chronic health condition, suddenly unemployed, or are single without family?
The holiday season can add more stress because of these life changes. Our great expectations of having family around for Christmas, of being in good health, or having a great job may be unfulfilled.
The holiday ads on TV promote the view of the happy, healthy family showing grandparents, parents, and grandchildren around the holiday dinner table and Christmas tree. This scenario may not be your reality. The difference between your life and the life you see on TV can cause a deep sense of loss, sadness, and depression.
Have you noticed that much of the holiday season is full of happy family images in which everything seem so perfect. If this picture is not your reality, you could feel on the outside of the holiday celebrations among your relatives, your church, or local community. [Read more…]