Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from everyone at NAMI Syracuse !
The holiday season is supposed to be a time full of joy, parties and gathering with friends and families. But the holidays can be a difficult time for those dealing with a mental illness.
For persons living with a mental illness:
Know that whatever you are feeling, it is right for you.
Live in the now! Try to let go of past regrets and experiences and find joy in the present moment. And remember, laughter is good medicine!
For family and friends:
Include your loved one in holiday activities to the degree that he or she is able to participate.
Set realistic goals and be flexible.
We would all do better to let go of the image of the "perfect" holiday and focus on accepting ourselves and our loved ones without judging, criticizing or advising.