- Keeping expectations manageable. Try to set realistic goals. Pace yourself. Organize your time. Make a list and prioritize the important activities.
- Being realistic about what you can and cannot do. Activities can be spread out to lessen stress and increase enjoyment.
- Remember the holiday season does not banish reasons for feeling sad or lonely; there is room for these feelings to be present, even if the person chooses not to express them.
- Leave “yesteryear” in the past and look toward the future. Life brings changes. Don’t set yourself up in comparing today with the “good ol’ days.”
- Be aware of excessive drinking. It will only increase your feelings of stress.
- Try something new. Celebrate the holidays in a new way.
- Spend time with supportive and caring people. Reach out and make new friends or connect with someone you haven’t heard from in a while.
- Save time for yourself and recharge your batteries. Let others share in the responsibility of planning activities.
Together we can make this holiday season and the future brighter for ourselves, our families and our community.
Thank you for considering West Springs Hospital, its staff and patients.
May you and your loved ones share a warm and wonderful holiday season. Love from the Staff and Board of A Way Out