When someone lives with a mental illness, the holidays are an important time. Many of us feel the warmth of connecting with our family. I have found that it is helpful to find reasons to be thankful during this season.
Over the years, I have spoken with others who find themselves more depressed. They share that often isolation, money struggles or fears make it hard to enjoy themselves. I encourage them to seek help if they need it.
You are valuable and your life is a gift. Please know even if times have been hard you are important. The spirit of the holidays is to be kind and giving. You may do this by simply being helpful to someone. This may be holding the door for a stranger. The act of smiling also helps others to know they are appreciated. Even small gestures may help another human being who is struggling to feel connected.