When the Holidays aren't so fun

Sadly for some of us, the end of our year doesn’t come without its fair share of emotional difficulty.

Leah Heath

Wellbeing Advisor

November 8, 2021

We can all agree that this time of year should be filled with celebrations and happiness. But sadly, for some of us, the end of our year doesn’t come without its fair share of emotional difficulty. The glittering lights of the holiday season can be overshadowed by feelings of anxiety, sadness and apprehension about things that are designed to make us have fun! Ironic, hey?

There are enough events, parties and dinners to make up for last year when there were none. Despite the excitement, we might feel anxious about attending these big events, seeing people we haven’t seen for over a year and attending two or three of these events per weekend! It’s important to not overload ourselves to the point where we feel apprehensive. We can be burnt out by attempting to please other people, so we need to take note of whether we’re doing enough to take care of our own wellbeing at the same time.

And while the festivities and joy surround us, we may notice that around the table, some things, or perhaps, some people are missing. The holidays can be difficult if you have lost a loved one, it can feel impossible to focus on anything else. But it can help to commemorate the memory of your loved one and learn coping mechanisms designed to help you cope with loss and missing people at special times. Of course, this can be tricky, but Thrive is a great place to start.

If the holidays are going to be difficult for you this year, don’t brave it alone, there’s no need to! As part of the core benefits paid for by your employer, Thrive can help you with your mental wellbeing. Download it from the app store today and see how it can help you take control of your own mental wellness. To access CBT simulations, modules for calm breathing, meditation and much more, all you have to do is download Thrive and enter the WorkLife passcode, which you can find on the Thrive section of your WorkLife platform.