Thanksgiving weekend is the start of the holiday season. It is a time fraught with family get-togethers, and significant dates that are often triggers and stressful times. For some, the thought of having to go “home” is frightening. Hearing an instance we must come “home” for the holidays can make some feel under intense pressure to fake happiness and satisfaction with life, when in reality, they are barely holding it together due to their PTSD. Remembrance Day, is just around the corner. The election on October 19th brings about a lot of media coverage regarding hot button issues with our veterans. Christmas is not far away, and with that January’s bills and financial stress. Increased alcohol consumption is often associated with these holidays and accepted as the norm. A natural tendency and reaction might be to isolate yourselves and avoid these things, but it may not be in your best interest. It is a crucial time of year for us all to really pay attention to our communication and connection to our loved ones. Please know that “You Are Not Alone” at this time, as many families are struggling with this. Please also remember this is the time when caregivers, need to be vigilant about your self-care.
For those who will be working this holiday stay safe out there.
I wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving
Families of the RCMP for PTSD Awareness