Surviving the Holidays

12-16-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

The holidays are meant to be a joyous time spent with family and friends. For those who may be mourning the death of a loved one, the holidays can be very depressing in addition to stressful. One of the greatest challenges, especially in the first two years of grieving, is trying to get through the holidays with the least amount of stress and sorrow. AARP offers several tips that can make this challenge manageable including the following:

  1. Accept your feelings, whatever they may be. Each person grieves differently. Don’t compare yourself to other mourners.
  2. Only do what feels right. Do not feel obligated to do everything others plan for you. And don’t feel guilty when you don’t do everything. Only you know how much you feel like doing.
  3. Surround yourself with positivity to ward off negative thoughts and feelings.
  4. Give to others. One of the best ways to overcome sad, mournful thoughts, is to help those in need. Sharing time, talents and treasures with the needy or with organizations caring for the needy can help bring positivity into your life.

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