Understanding the Pressures of The Season
This is 'normally' a stressful time of year. With our current global situation, it is now fraught with increased restrictions, pressures, fear as well as expectation; the expectation to make the best of a less than ideal situation puts even more pressure on those of us who strive to make the season merry.
The Pressure of the Season
Loss: If we’ve suffered any kind of loss, the the pressure of the season intensifies the grief.
Loneliness: Isolation has left many already feeling incredibly lonely. The pressure of the season will make us feel even lonelier.
Not Where You Want to Be: If our situations are less than ideal, the expectations arising this time of year, will make the situation feel even more NOT ideal.
If you are experiencing any of the following:
Overall low energy
Not Where You Want to Be
You could use some support.
What You Really Need
If you are physically not well, please seek medical assistance!
If you are emotionally and mentally struggling, self-help/DIY information abounds and can really lift you up. (Here’s a ‘gooder’ I wrote a while ago - Happy Holiday Pre-Plan).
But, having a safe place to vent and someone to provide actual, helpful feedback and suggestions for effective shifts that apply to your unique situation, is most helpful.
My Personal Reality
The last couple of Christmases were not great for me. There was much sadness, grief, anger, and emptiness. I've applied all of my tools, resources and employed outside help to process, grow and change because of it. I've experienced a huge shift in my inner and outer world just in these past few months. This Christmas I feel hope, joy and most of all gratitude. It's not the return of these feelings, it is these feelings in a way I've never experienced them before.
Although the road was tough, actually, extremely painful, it is what has enabled me to feel this way.
If you are in a painful experience right now, keep going. Just keep going.
We are In This Time, for the Holidays. Instead of white-knuckling through, filled with fear, exhaustion and/or sadness, I have helpful ways that can shift things for you.
Give Yourself the Gift of Support.