COVER YOUR HEART
Although lights are twinkling, candy canes flock trees, jolly music is playing in every store, the difficult world of the fire life does not stop. Tragic medical calls, people losing homes and loved ones to fires, horrific auto accidents, firefighters dealing with depression and suicides, and line of duty deaths are just some of the things that affect our families during the holiday season.
As a firefighter wife, we have to strengthen our hearts so we can support our firefighters.
This season, if you’re healthily able, commit to serving others. You do this by supporting your family and your firefighter, but don’t forget to keep your own mental and emotional health up while serving.
By giving to others of our time, donations, gifts, words, or even just listening at times, we can focus on the meaning of the holiday season instead of the pity and sadness that come and go with seasons of our lives.
Brighten your Christmas spirit by putting on Christmas music, baking cookies with your kids for the station, decorating, watch Christmas movies together as a family, take a Christmas lights drive, visit family. Others can feel your holiday spirit shine through.
If you are having a hard time getting in the mood, try sitting down and writing a list of everything you have to be thankful for. You might be surprised at how it changes your outlook. It is okay to be sad this holiday season, but also grateful and let the spirit move you!
If you can’t get rid of your Holiday Blues, call someone who can.
Depression is no joke. Unfortunately, sometimes the holiday season can be a depressing time for some people. If you feel like you are having more than normal Holiday Blues, REACH OUT NOW.
If you or your firefighter are dealing with a line of duty death, PTSD, depression, or anxiety, we have resources available to help.
Visit our Help for Handling a Crisis page. It is filled with resources for firefighters, and their families.
Remember, this too shall pass.
Seasons of life change. Once a moment is gone, it is gone. Take advantage of the little moments you have, and make them special for your family however you can.
Wishing you all Holiday Cheer in your fire life and the ability to enjoy celebrations!
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