Well the holiday season is approaching. For most people this is a time to look forward to and to celebrate. However, for may people this is a very difficult time to get through. This difficulty is not helped by the various reminders of how everyone will be with family and friends at this time of year and that most importantly is that everyone appears to be happy and carefree.
This of course is a distortion, or perhaps it is fairer to say that it is an idealised view of the holiday season. For some, when they see this is it a stark reminder of how their lives do not fit this image. This disconnection can lead to some experiencing severe anxiety at this time. This anxiety can in turn lead to feelings of depression and isolation.
For years, I have worked with people in this situation. I have found that one of the most important things to focus on is that “normality” is what you make it. Family dynamics are as individual as people are and that one should not attempt to make their dynamics fit a view of how to enjoy the holidays portrayed by commercials.
Friends and family can be a great support for people suffering with this type of seasonal anxiety, so when you wish your nearest and dearest the best of the season, listen and observe closely and be responsible to any potential anxiety over the festive season.