3 Ways to Survive the Holidays + Announcement and Thanksgiving Donation - Nurtured Hearts Counseling, Littleton, CO
Announcement + Thanksgiving Donation!!
Nurtured Hearts Counseling will be closed Tuesday afternoon - Friday the week of Thanksgiving (11/20-11/23).
Last year, I started the annual tradition of donating to a charity the week of Thanksgiving. Since, I will be closed that week, I am pushing it up a week. I will be donating 10% of all sessions that occur next week (11/12-11/16). Schedule your session now to help contribute to the donation being made to the Denver Rescue Mission. This donation will help provide a Thanksgiving meal to those that are not as fortunate and may be spending that day with no friends or family.
3 Ways to Survive the Holidays
November is already well on its way and Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Christmas will be soon to follow as well. Doesn't it seem like this time of year just flies by?!
The holidays can be the favorite time of year for some, but for others they are dreaded. This time of year can stir up grief, shines a spotlight on strained family relationships, and reminds us of our loneliness. For some, 2018 hasn't been that great of a year or you maybe have some dreaded life events coming up that are affecting your ability to be happy.
If you are one who is thinking that this is NOT the most wonderful time of the year, I wanted to use this blog to acknowledge you. You are surrounded by Christmas movies, holiday decorations, cheery people, and everywhere you go there is Christmas music playing. You may feel like you want to crawl into a hole for the next two months and come out in January, and you are not alone.
I wanted to share three ways you can help yourself survive the holidays.
Acknowledge Your Needs
Your needs are individual and they are going to be different than others during this time. If you are surrounded by those who are cheery and fully embracing this time of year, it is important that you acknowledge exactly what you need, even if they are different than other's needs. It can be easy to neglect our needs, out of fear of sharing what is actually going on. We don't want to bring others down and therefore there is a pressure on us to act as if everything is okay. But, it is okay for you to not mirror every one else and have your own individual needs during this season. Forcing yourself to act a certain way when that is not reflective of what you actually feel not only denies your feelings, but can make them worse.
Self-care is especially important during a difficult season. This can be the perfect time to do an activity that fills you up and brings you peace, even just for a moment. Self-care doesn't just have to be an activity though, it could be you saying no to an event that is uncomfortable for you. It may be buying something small to treat yourself. Or, it may be taking some time for yourself, sitting by the fire getting lost in your favorite book and enjoying a cup of coffee.
Reach Out for Support
Feeling down around the holidays can be isolating, but you don't have to face your struggles alone. I encourage you to reach out to a safe friend/family member or schedule a session to receive support around what you are facing. Sometimes, sharing what you are feeling not only allows you to acknowledge your own feelings, but it can also be refreshing to share them with someone who is supportive and accepting of meeting you where you are at. You have every right to your feelings and they deserve acknowledgement.
"When we become more self-aware of our needs, we become better-equipped to take care of ourselves." - Aletheia Luna
If you need extra support around the holidays, lets talk about what that looks like here.
P.S. I am here to support you.
Have a great week,
Brittany Wingfield, MS, LPC
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I am a Licensed Therapist in Lone Tree, Colorado and my goal for this blog is to explore taboo subjects that no one is willing to talk about and I am eager to bring awareness to.