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MENTAL HEALTH & THE HOLIDAYS

Friday, December 14, 2018


The great Meredith Grey once said (oh, how I miss the Christmas episodes. Where are they Shonda) "It’s an urban myth that suicide rates spike at the holidays. Turns out they actually go down. Experts think it’s because people are less inclined to off themselves when surrounded by family." 



Apparently this is a thing, but the fact is that for many, mental health & the holidays go hand in hand. The focus is on family, being with your loved ones & sometimes that’s just not ideal. I'm thankful for a pretty great family, but the holidays can still be tough for the most idyllic of situations. I struggle with the push and pull of this time of year being my absolute favorite & having pure unadulterated happiness, while still feel inconceivably lonely & a little sad. 

How could I be lonely when I have so many people? I think a lot of people struggle with this; even though being lonely feels so- - lonely, it’s comforting to know that it’s not a solitary feeling. 

It’s okay if not everything is candy canes & mistletoe, no matter how hard we may want it to be. The holidays can be generally lonely, and taking a little extra time for yourself & your health is essential. 

I actually don’t even know how to end this & this wasn’t v well thought out BUT I wanted to voice this thought, babes! 

xo, 
kae

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