May and June are filled with activities and events. Whether it is weddings, graduations, or end of school year festivities, it seems like there is always something going on this time of year. The weather has warmed, and the grass needs mowing. As we wind our way towards those long, lazy days of summer, the celebration of Father's Day awaits at the end of June. For many, this is a time to buy a new tie for Dad that he will never wear, or to take Dad fishing or to a baseball game. However, if your relationship with your dad is a source of sadness for you, this day can be an all too painful reminder of the relationship that you don't have. If you're searching for Columbus, OH depression treatment, call Legacy Freedom for help.
Whether it's because your relationship with your father is marked by abuse or neglect, or your father has passed away, Father's Day can be challenging. Our team of clinicians have compiled a list of helpful ways for you to get through the day.
- Honor his memory. No matter how long your dad has been gone, Father's Day never gets easier. Instead of letting the loss bring you down, choose to make it a day of remembrance and fun. Spend the day doing things that your dad would have enjoyed or that you enjoyed together. Take in a baseball game, watch his favorite movie, or hit a restaurant that he loved. If your dad was absent when you were growing up, honor someone who was like a father to you.
- Leave your phone at home. Social media is a great way to keep us all connected, however, on holidays the photos and status updates can make us feel overwhelmed and sad. Take a social media detox day and leave your phone at home. Go to the movies or attend a matinee performance of a ballet or play you have wanted to see. Schedule a massage or spend time with friends. Not being bombarded by constant reminders of the reasons to celebrate can help you get through the day.
- Get outside. Head to the mountains for a hike or to the beach for a swim. Can't make it to either? Take a walk or go for a bike ride. Play tourist in your own town or a neighboring city and explore new places to eat or shop.
- Give something back. Nothing makes us feel better than giving or doing for others. Take time to find a way to volunteer. Serve meals at a homeless shelter, deliver meals on wheels, help a friend from work or church with a project, or clean out your old books and donate them to the library. There are hundreds of ways to have a positive impact on someone's day. Something as simple as buying a cup of coffee for someone can boost your mood.
- Talk with a friend. If you know Father's Day will be difficult for you, talk with a friend ahead of time, and ask them to check in on you during the day. Having someone reach out to make sure you're doing ok is important. Be honest about your feelings and your concerns for the day. There is no need to feel embarrassed or awkward about not enjoying this particular holiday.
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Planning ahead of time can make dealing with your feelings during the holiday easier. If you struggle with depression or anger issues related to your relationship with your father, Legacy Freedom of Columbus can help. Our holistic approach to mental health focuses on you, not just your mental health issues. Utilizing a combination of alternative therapies and traditional talk therapies, we create a care plan that is tailored to your needs and interests. Call Legacy for Columbus, OH depression treatment you can trust.