What happens if I don’t feel joy, peace and happiness during the holiday season?
Christmas and holiday periods come with a whole lot of expectation (a bit like early parenthood): family and friends, celebrating together, wishing the best for each other, sharing food, gifts, laughter and companionship. The reality is often nothing like this and the higher your expectations the more disappointment you might feel.
For those who are spending time with family, past hurts can return and old wounds open. For others, being immersed in apparent ‘joy’ can increase loneliness and isolation… with the pressure to ‘be happy’ contributing to anxiety.
If you do have commitments that you need to keep, it is worth asking the question: ”How can I best meet my obligations while also prioritising my own wellbeing?”. “How do I protect myself from unnecessary hurt?” and “What do we need as a family to limit stress and enjoy this time as we are? As a mum or dad you and your child’s wellbeing are directly linked. This could be the year you give yourself permission to do something different and create new memories and traditions that work for you.
If you would like to talk through some strategies for managing your mental health during this busy holiday period our Helpline will be open Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm, excluding public holidays.
Wishing you a peaceful festive season.