• Anthony Ryb

(Surviving) the holiday season!

This time of year can be extremely difficult for many people. Thoughts of loved ones no longer with us, hopes that haven't materialised, seeing people or adverts of people laughing and having fun can put pressure on us and in my fertility work looking around or seeing adverts for toys and showing families can really bring home a huge sense of loss or despair.

Here are some supportive ideas that may be helpful for those who find it difficult over the holidays:

  • Feel free to say no to that party and to spend some time by yourself and reflect on the person/s you miss.

  • Write them a letter expressing how you are feeling (no need to send it).

  • Visit a memorable place that holds good memories.

  • Share your thoughts / spend time with a close friend/s.

  • Listen to music/watch an old movie that you enjoy.

Helplines are available and manned even on the busiest days (Samaritans 116 123, Childline 0800 1111, MIND 0300 123 3393

Pass on the supportive ideas above to family, friends or colleagues who may benefit from them during this time, and bear in mind that the most wonderful gift we can all deliver at this time of year (and at all times) is to be mindful of others who may require a helping hand, a shoulder to lean on or an empathic ear and letting them know we are here for them.