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If your Holiday isn't happy, how do you cope?

Lines for Life is a great resource in Portland.

December 12, 2017

The holidays are a mixed bag of events and emotions for me.  On one hand, I love the lights, TSO shows, and thoughts of family and friends getting together for those great lasting holiday memories.  On the other hand, it’s a time when I’ve lost family and friends, and those anniversaries bring up the other kind of memories.  Sad ones. 

While fighting to remain positive, I count my blessings, try to do for others less fortunate than me, and still, there are times when something will come to mind that I can’t seem to shake.  And I’m pretty darned jolly when it comes to life.  Really!

I was reminded this week of how hard it is for others who are dealing with not only the death of loved ones, but break-ups, family issues, working too much, money issues, and more.  Add Seasonal Affective Disorder, PTSD, and other mental problems and the holidays don’t seem so merry.

This year, I’m actually doing quite well.  There have been years though where I couldn’t even deal with getting a tree or decorating at all.  Thankfully I have a husband who insists on lights, which does bring up the mood when I drive home in the dark.  At 5pm. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with life right now, or anytime, Lines for Life is a great place to call and get help.  They deal with suicide prevention, substance abuse, mental health issues, military PTSD, and more. 

Click here to link with Lines for Life

And just because I love this song, here's Greg Lake's "I Believe in Father Christmas."  

I wish you a hopeful Christmas
I wish you a brave new year
All anguish, pain and sadness
Leave your heart and let your road be clear.

~Iris