This time of year frequently stirs up a boatload of anxiety for some of you - myself included. (Especially for those of you who are in recovery from an eating disorder!)
It’s when we’re surrounded by consistently huge meals, large family gatherings with people you haven’t seen all year, awkward parties at the office and then there’s always the constant reminder of those you’ve lost, when your loved ones are no longer around for holiday traditions.
And don’t get me started on seasonal depression!
The fact that darkness creeps in so early and that I have to cocoon myself with blankets and hot tea just to not have a chill go down my spine - BLEH! Is it summer yet?
All of that aside, I want you to know that I’m here for you!
This will be my family’s first Christmas since my brother passed away, this is my 4 year anniversary of being in recovery from Anorexia (I was hospitalized New Year’s Day in 2012), I have family traveling from the south to spend Thanksgiving here who have no idea how to address any subject with sensitivity, and there will be alcohol everywhere I turn for the next two months, begging me to give in to its relief.
In other words - I understand the struggle that this time of year brings.
If you need someone to talk to, if you need advice on how to cope with people or mealtimes, please don’t be a stranger.
To help remind you of the hope I want to instill in your soul, I released the rest of SPIES Clothing. Please go to the site and buy yourself a t-shirt.
Wear the mission t-shirt, Support People In Every Situation, on Christmas morning when you’re opening your presents. Then, in times of desperation, you can look at photos of Christmas 2016 and think to yourself, “I am not alone. I will get through this, there have been darker days.”
Wear the tank top as an undershirt when you go to work - no one but you will know that you’re actually wearing protective armor for your soul.
There are so many options and I want you to feel supported in every way possible. Go treat yourself to rest of this collection, there are very limited options left so please don’t wait to buy.
If you’re a parent of someone with mental illness, know that these upcoming months are the toughest months of the year for some of us. Keep an eye out for suicidal warning signs and keep the number of the Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) on hand.
As Mahatma Gandhi once said....
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Hope starts with you, my friend. Take action.