It’s the final stretch of the holiday season, and you may be feeling burnt out. Between holiday gatherings, prepping meals, purchasing gifts, and making sure your children feel the magic of the season, there is little time left for you.
Additional stressors may include financial strain, painful memories, and feelings of loneliness or grief after the loss of a loved one. All of this can make the holidays feel like a chore—but you’re not alone in feeling this way. Things like planning ahead, taking control, and engaging in self-care can help you get through the next few weeks.
Suffering from loneliness after a divorce or loss in the family can make the holidays even more stressful. You may feel the absence of a loved one at this time more deeply, especially when seeing others and their families in the holiday spirit.
The holidays are not a positive time for everyone. Honoring your own feelings, respecting your time and space, and taking care of yourself are crucial in experiencing as much joy as possible. Keeping these tips in mind can help you enjoy the magic of the season more with each passing year.