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  • Writer's pictureAndrew Linder

Navigating the Holidays: A Guide to Managing Mental Health During the Major Holidays.

For those who celebrate, we at Calibrations Counseling hope you have a very Merry Christmas. The holiday season is often painted as a time of joy, togetherness, and celebration. However, for many individuals, this time of year can bring about a range of emotions that may not align with the festive cheer. At Calibrations Counseling & Consultation, we understand that the holidays can be mentally challenging, and we want to provide support and guidance for those who may be navigating difficult emotions during this time.

Acknowledging Grief:

It's crucial to recognize that not everyone experiences the holidays in the same way. For some, the season can evoke feelings of loss, nostalgia, or grief for past holidays that were once filled with joy. Whether it's the absence of a loved one, the changing dynamics of relationships, or personal challenges, grieving the past can be a complex process.

Understanding Your Emotions:

As the holiday season approaches, it's essential to check in with yourself and acknowledge the range of emotions you may be feeling. If you find yourself grieving the past, it's okay. Give yourself the space to feel and process these emotions without judgment. Remember that healing is a gradual journey, and there is no right or wrong way to navigate through it.

Tips for Managing Grief During the Holidays:

1. **Create New Traditions:** Consider establishing new traditions that honor the past while embracing the present. This could be as simple as lighting a candle in remembrance or incorporating activities that bring you comfort and joy.

2. **Reach Out for Support:** Don't hesitate to lean on your support system during this time. Whether it's friends, family, or a mental health professional, sharing your feelings and seeking support can be instrumental in coping with grief.

3. **Set Realistic Expectations:** It's important to set realistic expectations for yourself during the holidays. Understand that it's okay if things don't go as planned, and give yourself the flexibility to prioritize your mental health.

4. **Practice Self-Care:** Take intentional steps to care for your well-being. This might involve activities such as meditation, exercise, or engaging in hobbies that bring you joy. Self-care is a powerful tool in managing stress and promoting mental health.

5. **Reflect and Journal:** Consider taking time for reflection and journaling. Write down your thoughts, memories, and feelings associated with past holidays. This process can be therapeutic and provide clarity on your emotions.

At Calibrations Counseling & Consultation, we want you to know that it's okay to navigate the holidays in your way. If you find yourself struggling, reach out for support, and remember that healing is a unique journey for each individual. By acknowledging your emotions, setting realistic expectations, and incorporating self-care, you can navigate the holidays with greater resilience and compassion for yourself.

Disclaimer: This content is NOT meant to be a replacement for therapy. This is also not treatment advice or crisis services. The purpose of this content is to provide education and some corny fun. If you are interested in receiving therapy look up a therapist near you! If you are in the state of Ohio visit to schedule with one of our counselors today!

A Special message from Co-Owner, Andrew Linder LPCC-S:

As a therapist, I go through this every year. This is my mother, Patricia 'Patti.' She died May of 2015. Each year brings new sadness as it's another year she is not with us so I have to use these skills every year. It is okay to ask for help. It's okay to be sad.

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