When the holiday’s aren’t so cheerful


Leah Jamison

Graphic by Leah Jamison

Hello everyone! 😊

Can you believe that we only have three more Wednesdays until a new year is upon us? I really like this time of year.

You know, after all the hardships and havocs that came along with 2020, I can genuinely say that I am looking forward to a fresh beginning.

However, before we go any further, I’d like to address one thing: when life is hard, the holidays can be even harder. Not everyone is able to spend time with their family/friends, have real conversations or even enjoy authentic moments.

Or maybe you are surrounded by loved ones, but still feel alone.

You can be the life of the party, and a part of every conversation, and deep down, still feel despair.

The problems that we face in life don’t just disappear because of a certain holiday or new year. They may stay, while all along, you feel pressured to be in a “happy” mood or act a certain way.

That’s rough. It’s hard, and I’ve been there before.

Going forward, I’d like to share a few tips and tricks that have helped me get through the holiday blues.

  • Don’t stress yourself out by trying to create the “perfect” day. It doesn’t exist.
  • If you have too much going on, let your family and friends know. It is OK to say no.
  • Set aside differences and talk about things that bring you joy and peace.
  • Treat yourself! Self-care is extremely important.
  • If you can, open up to someone; you don’t have to struggle alone.
  • Give to someone in need.

I hope that at least one of these tips resonate with you!

And, you know what? Not everything (or anything) that works for me, will work for you. Life is about finding out what helps you and sticking with it.

If you would like extra support, you can text START to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

Until next week for Wednesdays With Whit, be well!