For many, the holidays are about family time. If you watch TV, you’ll see
Thanksgiving and Christmas commercials showing families shopping together,
gathering around the table, sharing food, laughter, and love. But what does family
time mean, especially around the holidays, when you cannot afford that plane ticket home? Or when your children have plans to go to Costa Rica or camping in North Carolina? What is family time when you’re not with your family? Unfortunately, we don’t all have the option to spend the holidays with our families. Holidays can be a time where we feel their absence even more deeply.So how do you still have family time? We can find family time even when our family
isn’t nearby – It just takes a little more creativity. Skype or face-time at dinner. Make
new traditions that can be carried out across the physical distance. Find a way to
still have that time together, even if you can’t be in the same location.
However, family time can be about more than just our traditional families. When we
live somewhere far from our family, it is important to try to make new connections.
Community is an important part of who we are as individuals and it is good to build
up a strong network locally. Find a way to dial in to your community. Around the
holidays, reach out to other people you know who don’t have family in the area.
Make new and stronger connections with the people you already know or may have
just met. Chances are, they’ll be grateful for some family time away from family.
Written by: Nicole Schultz, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC