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Holiday Experiences May Look Different for Everyone

Posted on November 14, 2018 by Susan Robinson

This time of year, during the holiday season, there are such diverse feelings that people experience, from great joy and happiness all the way to full-on depression. For some, it means family, friends and years of holiday traditions, while others may not be able to experience this because they face holidays alone and away from family due to relocation or a family member deployed in service. Even more difficult, they may have lost a loved one in the past year.

If you are not really looking forward to the holiday season, here are some ideas that might help:

  • Look for places that have community holiday celebrations. Many schools and churches host holiday meals in their community for people who might be alone or can’t afford a big holiday celebration.
  • Volunteer for organizations that host holiday meals for the underprivileged or homeless.

 For those who are joyful during this time of year, here are some suggestions:

  • Look at opportunities to spread your joy to others.
  • Perform a random act of kindness during this season, such as buying coffee for the person behind you in line.
  • Just a simple smile can spread more joy than you might think.

Regardless of your situation, strive to take care of yourself. We can get very busy with holiday activities or have apprehensive feelings of being lonely during this time, so give yourself a little break now and then. Most of all, make positive steps toward making this holiday season a new experience.

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Susan Robinson

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Susan Robinson is a co-program coordinator for “Thrive," and has been with the program since 2007. She earned a Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Southern Nazarene University and a Doctorate of Education in Health Promotion from Oklahoma State University. Prior to her time with OMES, Susan worked in higher education and taught at Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Central Oklahoma and Emporia State University. Susan's hobbies include singing in her church and community choirs, traveling and spending time with her daughter and grand dog, Georgi.