Tips to Navigate the Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the season of opportunity to be joyful and grateful for family, friends, and colleagues. For many December is a joyous month, but the holiday season isn’t always a time of cheer.

This time can be difficult to navigate because it can expose vulnerabilities in people who are not sure how to handle the increased stress, keep up with the demands or over-stimulation of the holiday season. We never know how people are dealing with the holiday season but for those of us who don’t have difficulties at this time of year, it’s an opportunity to be mindful and reach out to those who may experience more stress. Here are seven things you can do to help make the holidays bright:

  1. As the weather gets colder, consider helping someone who can’t afford winter clothing stay warm.
  2. Make your neighborhood a brighter place by offering to help hang holiday lights and decorations for a neighbor.
  3. Volunteer for your local nonprofit! We all could use some extra hands throughout the holiday season.
  4. Adopt a family and provide them with the holiday essentials or donate toys for youth in your area.
  5. Foster a pet, many loving pets would love a fireplace to cuddle next to during the cold winter nights. Pets can also be great comforters.
  6. Small acts of kindness that show you’re thinking of someone- write a letter, take someone to the airport, or bake a few extra cookies.
  7. If you know someone who finds the holidays tough due to the lost a loved one or lack of close family, extend a hand to include them.

Best wishes from your friends at Georgia Prevention Project.

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