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Sensitivity During The Holiday Season

Sensitivity During The Holiday Season
Sensitivity During The Holiday Season
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On Being Extra Sensitive During The Holiday Season

These posts are for people who are highly preoccupied with educational issues.

Everyone is affected by the holiday season - young, old, parents, students, teachers.

Being extra sensitive during the holiday season is not uncommon, since this time of year can evoke a wide range of emotions for various reasons. Following are some factors that may contribute to increased sensitivity/anxiety during the holiday season with suggestions for managing these feelings:

1. Personal Loss or Grief:

With the loss of a loved one and the grief, the holiday season can intensify feelings of sadness or loneliness. Consider reaching out to friends or family, especially those who also have a connection to the loss of a loved one. Find ways to honor and remember your loved one.

2. Manage Expectations:

The pressure to create the perfect holiday experience, in terms of gifts, decorations, or gatherings, can be overwhelming. Manage expectations, set realistic goals, and focus on the meaningful aspects of the season rather than perfection.

3. Family Dynamics:

Family gatherings may bring about tension or stress due to unresolved issues or difficult relationships. Set boundaries and prioritize self-care. Consider alternative ways to spend the holidays.

4. Financial Strain:

The financial burden of gift-giving and holiday expenses can lead to stress and anxiety. Establish a budget and stick to it. Consider alternative gift options like homemade gifts or experiences. Remember that the holidays are about connection, not just material presents.

5. Social Comparisons:

Social media and societal expectations can contribute to feelings of inadequacy or comparison. Limit social media usage, as it often presents a glorified version of others' lives. Focus on joy and fulfillment rather than external expectations.

6. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):

Some individuals may experience a decline in mood during the winter months due to reduced sunlight exposure. Prioritize exposure to natural light, consider light therapy, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

7. Loneliness:

For those who may not have a strong support system, the holidays can exacerbate feelings of loneliness. Reach out to friends, VOLUNTEER, or join community events. Consider connecting with others through virtual platforms.

Remember that it's okay to prioritize your mental health and well-being during the holiday season. If feelings of sensitivity persist or become overwhelming, seeking support from friends, family, or a mental health professional can be beneficial.

During a very lonely time in my own life, I volunteered for a community event whose goal was to prepare and deliver 600 Thanksgiving meals to the home bound. This memorable event pulled me out of my personal darkness and into a group setting with a common goal. It was exciting and fun and purposeful. It filled my holiday with the joy of doing something meaningful for others. Very uplifting and a wonderful substitute for the anxiety of the season.