As Mother's Day approaches, I wanted to post some suggestions for the holiday. This will hopefully be helpful for any holiday.
HOLIDAY PROBLEMS - ROADBLOCKS
Overwhelming sense of loss
Traditions that have changed
Triggers ("land mines") - reminders of your loss - music, cards, greetings, etc...
Lack of energy
Lack of "holiday spirit"
Negative associations with holidays
Previous history of disappointing holidays or unhappy relationships
HOLIDAY SOLUTIONS - STEPPING STONES
Have a backup plan
Embrace the feelings - both good and bad
Realize it doesn't have to be the best holiday ever - just get through it!
Find something different to do
Go to a buffet instead of fixing the big meal
Take the pressure off of yourself - don't fake it
Have reasonable expectations of yourself and others
Add something to your tradition that honors your loved one - light a candle
Create whatever holiday you want
October 20,2016 09:17:13 am,CDT
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