The holidays are supposed to be a time of great joy.
But, for some, it's difficult.
For many people, the holidays can be a time of regret, of frustration, of loneliness, of darkness.
But there are things you can do to manage the sadness, and to keep expectations in perspective.
1. There is a lot of pressure to perform around the holidays, but it's alright to take a moment to be alone, to catch your breath.
2. Focus less on what was and what could have been. Focus on the now.
3. And remember, too, that there is beauty in the still and the quiet.
5. It doesn't matter whether the tree is perfectly decorated. It doesn't matter that the sugar cookies didn't turn out quite right (again!), or that you forgot to buy a gift for that one uncle. (Doug?)
6. So give
7. And if you need a bit of help, ask for it.
8. ...And if you need *a lot* of help, ask for it.
9. Remember, too, that there is no one way to be happy. It is relative, it can ebb and flow, and sometimes it needs to be cultivated and practiced.
10. And if you need more tips and resources...
...The Mayo Clinic has wonderful advice to dealing with stress and depression over the holidays.