The holidays are here, and with them come large family gatherings, parties, electric parades, children full of laughter and excitement, and all the hustle and bustle that is such a part of the season. But for those who suffer with PTSD, the holidays can bring their own special kind of hell. Those very activities and events that make the holiday special can be overwhelming for someone with PTSD!
When one is hyper-aware of the surroundings, large family gatherings can be over-stimulating. There is too much noise, too much activity to keep track of at one time. It’s difficult to keep track of what’s going on with so many people. And taking the kids to a parade? There are flashing lights, people coming at you from every direction; it leaves you with a felling that everything is out of control and danger is lurking everywhere. No, the holidays can generate as much dread as joy for someone with PTSD.
As you celebrate this holiday season, remember those who paid for our freedom and our very right to celebrate the holiday. There is something to be said for a quiet, peaceful season too. Living with PTSD can take some finesse. Remember that we can develop different traditions that are just as meaningful to us as the ones we used to practice. The season can be one of peace and joy for all of us.