Welcome to the holiday season.
Last week I asked if you were ready for the holidays. This week I am wondering if this time of year is getting you down. If you are feeling down, I can relate...
You see, in 2004, three days before Christmas, my Dad died from complications for Alzheimer's disease. It was a bittersweet moment in time. Since then, the holidays remind me of his death.
Christmas 2004 was also my first Christmas living with chronic pain and chronic fatigue. These chronic illnesses profoundly impacted my ability to celebrate the holidays like I had in the past. It has taken me several years now to figure out a new way to celebrate Christmas. There were a few years among the six since 2004 where I seemed to have lost my holiday spirit altogether.
This year, I wrote a series of post about The Holiday Blues to share some of the things I have learned over the past six year and encourage you to reclaim your holiday spirit too:
- The Holiday Blues & Give 'til It Hurts
- The Holiday Blues & Be Good to You
- The Holiday Blues & What You Can Do
- The Holiday Blues & What Matters Most
- The Holiday Blues & A Suicide Tweet