Senior woman sitting alone by Christmas tree.

Everyone experiences the holidays differently. For some, it is a time of joy, happiness and togetherness. For others, it is a time filled with sadness and loneliness. It can be an emotional and stressful time as well. For those grieving a loss, it is painful experiencing the holidays without their loved one. Financial stress and the pressure of gift giving can be challenging to navigate. Many do not have family or friends to visit.

It is important to acknowledge that holiday unhappiness is real. There is no shame in feeling this way, and there are resources available to help alleviate the stress and sadness this time of the year may cause. Support groups, both in-person and virtual, allow for conversation and guidance for navigating these feelings. They are a safe place to acknowledge grief and engage with others who understand. Set realistic expectations for this time of the year and understand that feeling many different emotions is normal.

This holiday season, give yourself and others the gift of kindness.