|Walking through infertility and family building challenges is rough – 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And yet, somehow that intensity seems to be turned up even more in the holiday season.
In case you haven’t seen them yet, today we’re unpacking some tips – taken straight from our free mental health video series – on handling the ups & downs of the season.1. Make a Plan
Parties, events, and get-togethers are hard during the holidays, and we normally would recommend you take an inventory of the events that feel like an emotional burden & only go to the ones you really want to — of course, this year you have double reason to skip out on triggering events.
By the way, even if it’s a virtual party you’d rather not participate in, just say you’re having technical difficulties and won’t be joining- we promise not to tell!
2. Give Yourself a Break
Between non-stop social media posts & mailboxes full of holiday cards, there are a lot of opportunities to be reminded of our own grief & pain this holiday season.
Take the rest of the year as an opportunity to practice some self-protective skills. Hit unfollow or mute on triggering social media accounts or log-out completely for a few weeks. Consider opening your holiday cards all at once – or not at all!
3. Start Your Own Traditions
This is the perfect year to establish your own holiday traditions. Decorate your home, watch a festive movie, cook a new recipe you’ve always wanted to try. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you include some great self-care. It’s been a tough year and you deserve it.
Still feeling the weight of grief, loss, and the holidays?
Our free mental health video series address all these topics and more.
What makes the holidays so toughBeth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW puts what we’re feeling into words – unpacking why the holidays can be so difficult & what to do about it.
Navigating holiday triggers & eventsDr. Alice Domar, of Harvard, explains how she recommends her clients handle family gatherings & other holiday events while walking through infertility.