It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving has just ended, and Christmas is around the corner.  Whether you celebrate or don’t, the holiday season is upon us – even in 2020, the year of COVID-19.


On the surface, this is the time of year when twinkle lights go up around the neighborhood, Christmas songs fill the airwaves, and the pumpkin spice is replaced by peppermint and pine in the candle aisle. On the surface, it’s a time of good cheer – even in 2020, the year of COVID-19.


Under the surface, the holiday season can be much less sparkly. Underneath the twinkle lights, Deck the Halls, and peppermint or pine-scented candles, we can find, if we tune in just a little, piles of stress, mounds of sadness and grief, loneliness, and oftentimes a large handful of shame – perhaps especially in 2020, the year of COVID-19.


This time of year can be very difficult for people. And that’s without the stress that IS 2020. This year, on top of the “normal” stress, sadness, grief, loneliness, and shame, many folks are struggling with unprecedented financial strain, illness, loss, and fear. This can lead to depression, an increase in drugs and alcohol, and even thoughts of suicide. There are ways of getting through the season safely and sanely.  Here are some tips:











The holiday season can be difficult, and this season may be harder than most.  Time passes though, and the holidays do too.  Stay safe, take it easy on yourself, and remember to breathe deeply whenever you can.

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