A Holiday Survival Guide for Women Veterans!

You can manage holiday stress…and VA can help

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. Seeing family, spending time with friends, baking and cooking, decorating…

But sometimes they are not so wonderful. The holidays can bring happy times and memories but can also cause a great deal of stress and pressure for women Veterans to make this season meet expectations.

In addition to the joy of the holidays, you may feel sadness or loneliness if you are unable to spend the holidays with those you love. Likewise, you may feel overwhelmed by the thought of spending time with family, attending holiday parties or keeping up with children’s activities.

If you have ongoing mental health concerns, the stress of the holidays may make your symptoms feel worse.

All these feelings—happiness, stress, sadness, loneliness—are reasonable. Give yourself permission to take a break and get help, for yourself and others. Explore useful tips and resources VA offers to help you not only survive but thrive during the holiday season.

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