For most of us, Christmas hardly seems like the time of year during which hardships rise and emotions overwhelm.
Perhaps this is because we are fortunate enough to spend the holidays with ones we love and ones who love us.
Perhaps we are privileged and have always spent Christmas morning around a tree, in a warm house with a roof, opening presents.
While being blessed and fortunate is hardly a negative thing throughout the holidays, it does serve as a reminder to be conscious of those among us who are not as lucky as we are.
Christmas, unfortunately, has taken on a bit of a negative connotation within the past few years. Shopping, gifts, money and budgets often become top of mind during the days leading up to the 25th of December, rather than family time, perhaps religious traditions, or even some much-needed relaxation.
For some of us, these stressors can become consuming, allowing our mental health to fall victim to exterior pressures and to-do lists. While many of us are gathered around the tree on Christmas morning, others may be on the streets, huddled in their cars trying to keep warm, or on the phone, struggling to find somewhere to spend the approaching night.
No matter how busy you are these next few days, please be mindful of people who could be seriously struggling this time of year. Lend an ear, buy a coffee, or invite someone over for a warm meal if you know they have nowhere else to go. Hand out resources for mental health services to anyone who may be in need of such things.
For most of us, Christmas is a joyous occasion, filled with anticipation, love, happiness and excitement. For others, however, it could lack these emotions and feelings.
Open your arms and hearts this Christmas. You could end up saving someone’s life.
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