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What to Do When the Holidays Don’t Feel Happy

Practical Ways to Support Yourself and Loved Ones Through This Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but for some of us, it sure doesn’t feel that way.   

Life doesn’t get put on hold for the sake of our calendars. Many are navigating loss, pain, grief, and hardship amid a season that is supposed to be merry and bright.  

Even if we’re not currently navigating suffering, this time of year can take a toll on us all. With the added busyness, expectations, and pressure to make the most of the season, for many of us, the holidays can feel like anything but “happy.” The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that 64% of individuals with a mental illness feel their conditions worsen around the holidays.  

So what do we do when the holidays don’t feel happy? Do we medicate our feelings with extra doses of egg nog, cookies, and holiday spirits? Do we unload our burdens on the well-meaning acquaintance at a party who asks how we’ve been? Do we just put our heads down and march forward until January 1st? 

Join us for a free 50-minute webinar exploring the best ways to support yourself and your loved ones through this season.  

Hosted by therapists Carlos Martinez and Laurel Powell, you’ll walk away from this conversation with empathy for where you’re at, an understanding of what you need, and practical resources to support your healing during the holiday season.