Surviving the Holiday Season When You Live With Mental Illness

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!

How to survive the holiday season when you struggle with depression, anxiety, and eating disorders? Don't let your mental health status block you from enjoying quality time with your family. Spread your love and let your inner light shine through affirmations on being stronger than your mental illness.

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 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. 

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.

PS: Let me be the one to tell you that whatever you suffered through happened for a reason. All pain has a purpose. Learn how to turn your pain into a purpose-driven business through my free online course Turning Wounds Into Wisdom. Click the image below to learn more.