Here come the four months that host the most emotionally charged holidays on the calendar. They cruelly come in succession during a time when daylight hours evaporate and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) challenges even my Pollyanna spirit. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/definition/con-20021047
The mercury on the thermometer barely gives us a wink and the full beauty of nature retreats into hibernation making color scarce.
November, December and January bombard us with the maximum days allowed. February tricks us with its sneaky Leap Year calendar adjustment every four years. Collectively, they try the patience of even the most seasoned grief traveler.
Starting with November, and then for December, January and February, I am going to write a series of monthly blogs that will include survival tips for the signature holidays, suggestions on how to keep a sense of humor and ways to be good to yourself.
Nostalgic television shows, movies and the media together tug on our heart strings during November and December. But let’s be honest. We are not all going “ … over the river and through the woods…” and “…singing jingle all the way.”
Maybe we don’t want to join in singing the rhetorical question in the opening stanza of the popular New Year’s song Auld Lang Syne at midnight.
Perhaps the smell of chocolate and the sight of a red foil box only bring tears in February.
We can hit the off button on the remote, turn down the music and stay away from Valentine candy, but we can’t turn off our emotions and feelings.
I want to redirect your focus and suggest some ways to survive the holidays. I can’t change your reality, but maybe I can share what I have learned to help to make the season more manageable and inspire you to listen your whispers.
So look for the following Holiday Whisper posts:
November Whisper: Thankful for What?
December Whisper: The Ghost of Christmas Past
January Whisper: Put Down the Noise Makers
February Whisper: Hey, Don’t Bother Cupid
I hope you will join me for this series. If you have some hints that you would like to share, please do. We can all learn from each other.
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