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Messages of Support If the Holidays Are Hard for You

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People share their support for those who have a hard time over the holidays.


“The holidays can be really tough. So much added stress and pressure and busyness.
And so for me, it’s really important to know who my safe people are, and equally, to know who the unsafe people are. It’s OK to have a really crappy day, you’re a human being and you have to take care of yourself.” – Steve Austin, Mighty Contributor

Messages of Support If the Holidays Are Hard for You

“I definitely think that the biggest survival tip that I would say for the holidays would be giving yourself a break, walking away if you have to. Being able just to say, ‘No’ because you know your body and you should listen to it.” – Sara Cook, Mighty Contributor

“This holiday season, if you’re struggling or having a hard time with a health condition or an illness, I hope that you know that you’re loved and supported by all of us here in The Mighty. I hope that you remember to be gentle with yourself. because self-love and self-care works wonders when you’re having a hard time. It’ll make you feel more connected to yourself.” – Kelly Douglas, Mighty Contributor

“Remember when you’re going through a hard time, especially during the holidays, that’s OK. I am too. And it’s totally fine to be depressed. It’s totally fine to be anxious, to not want to be around people.” – Rudy Caseres, Mighty Contributor

“I think that I would say to anybody who feels like they need support during the holidays or right now, look for some kind of connection. It could be to an animal or a piece of art you like or a story or another person. And you can look for that in a lot of different places, like online or in a TV series or in a piece of music you like. Look for some kind of connection that helps you, that touches you.” – Joelle Marie Nourse, Mighty Contributor

“The holidays can be really tough, but sometimes it just means taking a different look. I find my holiday family ain my friends and those I choose to call family instead of my blood family. Sometimes it’s in a person on the street. This is a time of year where you can find a friendly face anywhere you look.” – Sarabella Stutt

“My encouragement to you is set some really clear boundaries. Whatever it is that you need to do in the days leading up to that to really practice some good self-care. Have that friend on emergency auto-dial that you can hit and go, or send them a text and go, ‘Call me.’ Whatever it is that you have to do to take care of yourself, to keep that sanity and serenity, do that. The holidays are just another day if you let them be.” – Steve Austin, Mighty Contributor

If the holidays are hard for you this year, know it’s OK to feel this way and be kind to yourself as you navigate it one day, or even one hour, at a time.

Originally published: December 20, 2019
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