While the holidays are a time of cheer for many, there are others who dread the holidays like the plague. Depression often worsens during the holiday season. People who are lonely often feel even more alone during the holiday season. More suicides occur in January than any other month, because of the emotional fallout that remains after a tough holiday season. I debated whether or not to write about this, because, well it’s much more chipper to talk of holiday bliss than holiday depression and anxiety. I finally decided that I had to write about this for the sake of those who are hurting.
Think about who you know that will be alone this holiday season. Remember those who have lost a loved one this past year. Think of those in prison or in the hospital. Anyone who might be feeling lonely this Thanksgiving. Make a special effort to reach out to them and show them how much you care. Small gestures can go a long way during this season to express love
and concern. Send someone a card or pick up the phone and share how thankful you are for others. Make an effort not to be self-absorbed this holiday, but spread the joy and love to others!