It happens every year, the fall weather turns cooler and it feels like it was just days ago that people were picking out their Halloween costumes. However, the trick-or-treaters are long gone and next comes the full blown holiday season: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. While many people count down the days and weeks leading up to these holidays, it’s important to keep in mind that this time of year isn’t always the easiest.
I know people who have been prepping their Thanksgiving meals for a week and others who have already had multiple Friendsgivings leading up to the holiday. While Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and give thanks, it’s also important to remember that this holiday isn’t easy for everyone. Just as Father’s and Mother’s Days are hard for those who have suffered a death from one, or both of their parents, Thanksgiving can be hard on those who don’t have a family or others who suffer from eating disorders.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I think you should absolutely be thankful and celebrate if you so choose, but I think it would also be great if you could think of others who have a difficult time with the holidays.
Me? I haven’t been a fan of Thanksgiving since I was 16. It brings back so many terrible memories and, when my mom died shortly after Thanksgiving five years ago, it made things even harder for me. So this past weekend, when I suddenly burst into tears for no apparent reason, I took a step back to recognize why I was suddenly so emotional and tried to be a little easier on myself.
The holidays can be stressful with family dynamics, tight budgets and the pressure to eat, drink and be merry, but I encourage you to recognize that not everyone is capable of this. If you’re one of the people who struggles with the holidays, know that you’re not alone. If you’re not, remember to take it easy on those that do.
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