Holiday Blues from Gqeberha writes..
My dearest Blues
What you are feeling is absolutely normal. There is no handbook for grief. Healing is not linear.
It is possible for you to associate the New Year festivities with the death of your husband. There is no written rule that we must celebrate and get absolute hammered on this holiday. If you want to be home at this time, by all means do it. Might I suggest checking into a fancy hotel with a family member or friend on the day? Or even staying home and inviting a friend over for a drink or two.
You are allowed to feel afraid of what the new year might bring. We are allowed to worry about whether or not we can handle any more challenges.
When we grieve, it’s hard enough to live each day as it comes. It can be daunting to face a whole new year stretching out in front of us. Our current experience of emptiness and loneliness may make us reluctant to face a new year.
Keep these in mind
Hopefully as time goes by, the anxiety will lessen. I have a few other suggestions for how you can handle grief and New Year anxiety:
- Get your rest: Let’s not even lie, grief is exhausting. If you are exhausted from spending the whole year adapting to life without your loved one, focus on physical recovery. Maybe talk to your GP about how you can rebuild yourself physically.
- Peace of mind: Rid your mind of negative thoughts with positive affirmations about yourself. Listen to music, pray, read, cry and laugh.
- Tap into your hopes and desires: Find little ways to give yourself pleasure.
- Find a support group: Find a group of people who can listen to all of your memories about him.
- Live: Find the courage to flow into the future by living in the present. Do the best you can for yourself and others.
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