Be kind this holiday season
Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 06:00 am
Tomorrow is officially December, which means Christmas is just around the corner. For some, itís the most wonderful time of the year. But for others, itís not.
Christmas is a time when most people are surrounded by family and friends, spending quality time together, exchanging gifts and indulging in turkey, stuffing, shortbread and sugar cookies.
But not everyone has family to celebrate with or may not have family close by, so itís important to remember to include those who are alone during the holidays.
Christmas can also be detrimental to those suffering with mental illness. Often, people suffering from depression go through highs and lows. The holidays can create a high because of all the celebrations, excitement and distractions, but this can be followed up with a low.
Statistics released by the Centre for Suicide Prevention in Calgary show a trend where most suicides in Alberta occur in January, which isnít surprising. Once January hits and everyone returns to their day-to-day lives, those suffering from depression can be reminded of their illness.
Christmas is also an expensive time of year. Whether itís purchasing gifts, food for meals or outfits for parties, the bills can rack up. For those who have been laid off in todayís poor economy, Christmas is especially tough.
Maybe some of us who have had a better year could share a little of our fortune. There are so many organizations that provide for those in need at Christmas time. Whether itís a national organization like The Salvation Army or a local organization like the Airdrie Food Bank Ė itís worth donating to.
When youíre out doing your shopping, remember to be kind to those you cross paths with. Yes, things do get busy and itís easy to lose patience when all you want to do is cross everything off your list so you can leave the hot, packed mall, get home, get into your pyjamas and enjoy a rewarding glass of wine. But everyone else is in the same boat.
Rather than getting mad at the cashier at ToysďRĒUs because the toy youíre buying isnít ringing in at the price you thought it was going to, be patient and let them fix the issue. Itís not their fault.
Itís important to always be kind, but especially during this time of year, because you never know what people are going through. Sometimes, those suffering from mental illness can hit a low during the holidays, because everyone around them seems to be happy and they are reminded they arenít.
Take it from me Ė I have lost four people in my life to suicide. You donít always see it coming.