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With 2017 coming to a close and the holiday season well underway, it is easy to feel joyous. For some (including our kids) however, the holidays can be a challenging time. This maybe due to a recent change in family structure, such as divorce or the passing of a loved one. Other factors can include stress over holiday schedules, such as having to split time between family members, the increased pressures of the holidays to find the perfect gift, time constraints, and unrealistic expectations. I would like to address some ways that we can support our children and ourselves during this busy season.
First, set realistic expectations. It is normal for young children to feel jealousy and/or sadness when a gift or experience does not meet their expectations. To minimize this, it can be helpful to have a conversation as a family about your interests and budget for the holidays. If it is possible, allow you child(ren) in on the holiday planning and preparation.
Make a plan. The holidays are a time we spend with those we love. However, it takes most of us out of our daily routine. As adults this presents it's own challenges but can be even more difficult for children who thrive when on a consistent schedule. Make a plan for the activities that need to be completed, and focus on giving back while doing so, can be a fun way to provide them with structure, love, and support.
Finally, while the holiday blues can be normal for some, please watch for any of the following symptoms as they maybe signs of a deeper issue:
Sadness and/or irritability
Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities
Changes in eating habits
Sleeping too much or too little
Feeling ongoing fatigue and exhaustion
Trouble thinking or paying attention
Thoughts of being worthless and/or hopeless
If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms please contact your healthcare provider right away. Have a happy and safe holiday season. May you spend the rest of 2017 with those you love, creating memories that will last a lifetime. And may 2018 bring you many blessings, laughs, and adventures.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year,
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