Wednesday, November 21, 2012

NHBPM: Support When the Holidays Are Difficult


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Sometimes the holidays are the best time of the year. Other times they make difficult periods even worse. It seems fortuitous that one of today's prompts for National Health Blog Post Month (NHBPM) is "Write about mental health." My trip to Phoenix for the American Headache Society meeting interrupted my participation, but no better time to try to get back on track!

When you're surrounded by everyone you love and all those people can agree about how to handle the holiday, Thanksgiving can be the best day of the year. But when you're separated from someone or everyone you love, fighting with them or otherwise struggling, what should be lots of fun can become a catalyst for a fast slide further into major depression.

So let's say your holiday isn't going to be everything you want it to be. Maybe it's not going to have anything about it that resembles your ideal holiday. How can you cope? Here are some thoughts.

Reach out. Luckily for you, you're not the only one feeling this way. The beautiful thing about technology is that you can reach out for some extra support through the Internet. Others who are feeling lonely will be kicking around Facebook and Twitter, so send out a call for reinforcements if you need support. 

I'll be checking my social networking sites periodically throughout the day tomorrow. Let me know if you need a boost. I also get email notices of blog comments, so feel free to leave a comment on this post, too. 

Volunteer. If your health allows it, what about volunteering on the holiday? There's no easier way to set aside your own feelings about a bad situation than to focus your attention on other people and do what you can to make their holiday nice. 

Don't suffer in silence. If you worry you might hurt yourself, PLEASE utilize the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It's staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even on holidays. You may feel alone and desperate, but please know there is always someone available through this number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You're not alone.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing each and every one of you a much blessed holiday.



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