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Coping With “Happy” Thanksgiving

The one constant and unchanging variable about life is that it is unpredictable. And with unpredictability comes uncertainty, which is all around us, and never more so than today.

Uncertainty has been magnified in ways no one ever imagined and has ushered in a turbulent sea of emotions ranging from stress and anxiety to powerlessness.

Many people are entering this pandemic-tainted holiday season experiencing all of the above emotions and more. Some have lost their loved ones. Others grieve the loss of community, which once was a place they loved but can never return to.

Others have lost their jobs and careers. Some are on the brink of homelessness. Deaths of despair (i.e., deaths from drugs, alcohol, and suicide) are at an all-time high.

For those of you who are not feeling it this holiday season, I just want to let you know that you are not alone. We might not know your struggle or pain, but trust that we are with you in spirit. We are in this together.

I am aware that there are no shortcuts to healing for those burdened under the weight of a heart-wrenching event. For those of us on the other side of trauma, let’s be mindful of our role in honoring trauma survivors by giving them a soft place to land.

I invite YOU into this space—a place of non-judgment—to process your emotions. I give you permission to take your bandage off slowly if you so choose. Take as much time as you need to heal and adjust.

In this space, I promise you that we won’t try to “fix” your situation but offer instead a listening presence, where you can be seen, heard, believed, and reassured with love and compassion.

If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or having a hard time, please reach out for help. You can contact a Lifeline Center at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Suppose you or someone you know seeks to restore your sense of safety, connection, and vitality after adverse religious experiences. In that case, you can connect with Brian Peck, LCSW, at Room to Thrive, PLLC.

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4 thoughts on “Coping With “Happy” Thanksgiving

  1. Hugs to all (virtual, of course). Just enjoying a lazy gray day (windows up because the temperature is just right and I love to air out the house) with the animals and some herbal tea and baked potatoes with ham. Turkey lunchmeat in the fridge if I get bored or want a sandwich. Pumpkin pie I can eat on for over a week. I have to really stretch the budget this year and didn’t want to get a huge spread of food I’d have to eat on for a while just because it is Thanksgiving. Called a few friends while they were waiting for their food to cook and caught up. That’s all I needed.

    I’m just glad nobody decided to do a “surprise visit” this year. Most of my family are possible COVID hoaxers and I wasn’t gonna let any of ’em through the front door. And I have a lovely temperature-change headache and the last thing I need is a ton of noise and arguments. I’ll enjoy my plum wine and pumpkin pie later tonight with some good movies, thank you very much.

    Hope everyone’s being safe and taking their time driving and whatnot. It’s a tough holiday this year for a lot of folks, but I find it interesting how some are more like “great, the pressure is off,” especially if you read reddit (hee hee). All the best to everyone.

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    1. Tally, I accept your virtual hugs 🤗 and I’m sending ❤️ back to you. It’s awesome that you’re enjoying yourself safely. I’ll take a slice of that pumpkin 🥧😄

      Like you, I too am glad no one decided to do an unexpected pop-in…although it’s still early over here.

      What movies did you have in mind? My family and I watch John Carter every Thanksgiving and the Harry Potter series on Xmas.

      Thanks for inviting us into your abode.

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      1. Well, other than watching a few funny first reaction videos to movies I’ve loved, I’m watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. I’ll probably put on some good music and read a book afterward or I’ll watch the John Wick movies. Considering how much the fireworks are popping off around here, some gunfire on TV will help drown it and I’ll be stuck awake, anyway.

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