The holidays are commonly perceived as a happy, festive, food-filled time to see family, be thankful and spend time with loved ones.
And while this might be the case for a lot of people, a lot of people find the holidays a very difficult time of year, with limited support, lack of understanding and a general sense of loneliness.
Here are some reasons why the holidays can be a difficult time for some people:
You are expected to always be happy
You feel obliged to spend a lot of time with family and constantly be energetic and happy
You feel that you should be grateful, and thankful
Teens are stressed about finals and college applications
There is more social interaction than you might be used to
Often, teens are the ones that struggle with the holiday season, so here are five tips for helping your teen manage the holidays:
Give your teen space
Give them permission to be sad even at the holidays
Turn off the Christmas carols if they’re not in the mood
Allow them to skip a Christmas party if they don’t feel up to it
- Acknowledge with your teen that it’s ok to not feel happy at Christmas
As a parent, it can be difficult to see your teen not enjoying the holiday season, but give the above tips a try and see if they help.
We would love for you to reply to this email and let us know if you tried any of the tips and if they helped your teen this holiday season.