I have been laying off the personal posts for a bit but recognize that for a lot of people this is the toughest time of the year. Loss and grief often hit us when we finally relax and take a break.
For my people that struggle, remember that these feelings that come up are often temporary. Sadness and loss that take seemingly permanent space only feel that way because it is so fucking hard. Sit with your feelings and be patient with yourself. Drink lots of water, avoid booze, and find sunlight wherever you can.
For my anxious stressed out folks, remember that time is actually quite fluid too. It feels fucking hard in the moment and then the next moment comes right along. You don’t need to make time pass. It’ll do that all by itself and doesn’t need your help. Find quiet time or whatever eases your nerves and hold onto that feeling. Remember it when life feels tight and ill fitting.
If you need help, ask. If you need space, take that shit.
Feel free to call or text if you can’t deal. I will listen.
Oh, and just because it is a holiday doesn’t mean you need to be all flowers and candy and happiness. If you need to feel sad, do it. Your feelings are worth feeling. You don’t need anyone’s permission.

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