If you are dealing with challenging emotions and the holidays are difficult for you, please reach out for support. One of the major culprits of suffering is isolation. When you connect with others, gain community, and accept that pain is universal, you begin to de-identify as if you are the only one in pain. Below are a list of ways you can gain support and begin a path of healing.
1. Reach out to family and friends and share what you are experiencing. People who care for you want to support you and lift you. When you share your pain with others, you give them a chance to embrace and care for you.
2. Find a support group for your specific challenges and needs. When you understand that other people encounter painful experiences, emotions and situations in all walks of life, this aids you in not feeling alone. Here are websites for national support groups. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/find-support-groups http://www.pbs.org/inthebalance/archives/whocares/resources.html
3. Seek support from a professional. Talk therapy is proven to be one of the best therapies for depression, anxiety, trauma, and mood disorders. Here is more information from National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to find the best approach for you. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/psychotherapies/index.shtml
4. Practice a loving kindness meditation to cultivate your self compassion.
Here are the list of benefits when you practice loving kindness meditation.
5. Write about your pain. Studies show that writing about your pain has been proven to aid in healing and reduce suffering.
6. If you are alone and there is no one you can reach, connect with a crisis hotline.
7. If you are supporting others through a challenging time and need advice on the right words, join the option B support group. https://optionb.org/groups
I wish you peace.
I wish you healing.
I wish you release of your suffering.
I wish you balance.
I wish you love during the holiday season and always.
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