The holiday season is upon us. The stores are bustling and full of decorations, many people are planning holiday dinners, and everything seems to be a bit busier than usual. While the holidays can be a fun and exciting time of year, they can also be exhausting and bring with them a lot of negative emotions.
If you’ve suffered a work injury, then your holiday season might be a bit different than it has been in years past. But it’s important to remember that experiencing stress and depression around the holidays is completely normal. It’s okay to feel sad or frustrated.
Many people experience feelings of isolation and loneliness. If this happens to you, don’t hesitate to reach out to your community. Whether you volunteer somewhere or attend a religious or social event, do something that helps connect you with other people.
It can be difficult, but remember, it’s okay to say no to things. If you’re not feeling up for visiting with people or cooking food for the family, it’s okay to opt out. What’s most important is focusing on your recovery.
Overexerting yourself can make your injuries worse. It’s a good idea to set aside time to yourself and take lots of breaks. Being realistic about what you’ll be capable of doing can also help reduce stress. Come up with a game plan and be ready to adjust it in order to accommodate how you’re feeling.
Of course, if you find yourself struggling or feeling very depressed, don’t hesitate to seek guidance from a professional.