The holidays are almost here and I think it is safe to say that next week will not be what we expected, hoped or planned.
Everyone is going to go through at least a few minutes of sadness or disappointment. Many people go through low periods between Christmas and New Year. The pre-holiday hype can really mess up people’s emotions. This year, things may be more dramatic.
Kids may be frustrated at not seeing their friends. Adults may be sad or even angry that this is not the holiday they expected. Vacations and parties have been cancelled. It can be a tough pill to swallow.
Before you log off from work this week, take a look at the services your Employee Assistance Program offers. Does it cover your family or just you? Put the contact info in your phone.
Check out the resources your community offers. Is there a mental helpline? A crisis line at your local hospital? Most communities have local chapters of the Canadian Mental Health Association with helplines and virtual meetings/resources.
The other thing to check out is the growing number of apps that offer video counselling using your phone. This can be tremendously effective. MindBeacon has been around for a long time. Telus has invested in a mental health section of their MyCare program. ( I am not endorsing these programs. I am just a recruiter, not a doctor)
I hope you don’t need to use these services over the holidays but let’s face it, it’s different this year and we need to be prepared. Putting your head in the sand (or a bottle of wine) may not be the best thing for you or your family.
I don’t mean to be all doom and gloom. I am sure, in all this, there will be moments of joy and special smiles but I am done with the messages about being grateful and in the moment. Sometimes, you need more than that in your back pocket.
Take care of yourself and your family. Be a good friend. Laugh when you can and I will see you in the new year.