Yet for so many it can be a very stressful time of year. If you or someone you know battles anxiety or depression or any mental illness, this season may cause you to call into question the value you have to the ones you love. If you’ve never battled mental illness maybe you begin feeling the pressures of the holidays.
- When can I find time to go shopping? Let alone think about what to get them?
- Should I get my wife this gift I can’t afford but I know she’ll love?
- Did I do enough? Did I get enough gifts? Were they the right ones?
- How do I choose which side of the family to spend the holiday with? Someone will be upset?
- I should host .Mum always does but I don’t know if I can handle it
- How will I ever prepare? How will I pay for all the food and wi
Wow depressing, I know. If you weren’t already down this article will put you there. We've all been there at one time or another but we often forget to think of others going through those same challenges. That’s not the point though. The point is you can do something about it. The point is that all the joy in the outside world doesn’t just change the symptoms of mental illness and it doesn’t help the overwhelmed stressed out person who is trying to juggle it all. The good news is that there is something that will. Something that has the power to uplift. It’s not what you think. It’s not advice or dragging your friends butt to the mall. What is it? What is this magical Christmas miracle?
It’s empathy. Clear and simple.
Showing others how valued they are by simply attempting to understand their situation is often the least expensive but most valuable gift of all. It can raise someone’s spirits and it can even save a life. It can raise your own spirits. Turning your attention to others is often just what the doctor ordered to reconnect with your loved ones and find gratitude in your life.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
Founder, No Surrender Hockey Challenge