The holiday season is just three weeks away. This year, Thanksgiving and Chanukah will begin together. Based on holiday commercials and many holiday television specials, everyone feels absolutely thrilled to be together with family and celebrating the holidays. However, as is often the case, the world of TV and advertisement don't reflect the reality for all.
Many people do love the holidays, but there are also many who find them difficult. They suffer from the holiday blues. For some, depression starts way before the Thanksgiving decorations go up. For others, the actual day of the holiday brings up feelings of sadness and loneliness.
Couples dealing with infertility commonly have trouble on the holidays. All those dreams you have about how your family should be, or how you want it to be, get stirred up. Being around nieces and nephews may remind you of the children you wish you had.
Couples with secondary infertility may have a child or children to celebrate with, but the pain of the missing children can be very real.
How can you cope? Here are some articles to help you get through the holidays -- and maybe even find a way to enjoy them, instead of merely surviving them.
Most importantly, remember that you do not need to cope with this alone. Infertility support groups and professional counselors can help you get through this challenging time. There is no shame in getting help.
Coping on the holidays and beyond:
- Surviving Thanksgiving, Christmas, Passover, and Other Holiday Meals
- You Already Are a Real Family
- Christmas Tradition Ideas for Those Without Kids
- Tips for Holiday Shopping When Coping with Infertility
- Readers Share: How Do You Cope on the Holidays?
- Should You Tell Others About Your Infertility?
- RESOLVE Support Groups
- Why You May Want to Speak to an Infertility Counselor
- 10 Ways to Cope When Infertility Overwhelms You