Coping with the holidays soon upon us can be difficult for some, especially those with a recent loss or living alone. We tend to think of the holidays as time spent with family, friends, other loved ones or attending festivities and events in community living centers.
What if you are not looking forward to the holidays or feeling depressed knowing they are approaching?
Many people, especially seniors, have experienced the loss of a friend, a relative or a loved one throughout the year. Holidays tend to have undertones of depression and anxiety.
Professionals in the healthcare field suggest to have some type of plan for the actual holiday.
Make an effort to “connect” with someone, even if you are not able to leave your home, you can accomplish this by phone, Skype or some other method or make a point to go someplace with others.
- A walk on the beach, a park visit, a meal out or even a museum visit.
- Surround yourself with other people so the feeling of being alone does not make one feel even more isolated.
- Art can also emotionally lift spirits. Something as simple as coloring.
- Making a holiday craft or homemade card or food item to give someone is another option.
- Volunteering at an event, if possible, is another suggestion.
The point is to try to be around other people. It can be as simple as offering to provide a ride for another senior, sharing a meal together or going to a religious gathering.
Don’t try to “go it alone”, share. Your stories can help lighten up someone else’s holiday!