The holidays are a particularly difficult time for those who are already struggling with loneliness, depression, and feelings of hopelessness. This can lead to burnout or even suicidal thoughts.
Fortunately, there is hope. As I shared in a recent conversation with Pat Farnack of New York City’s WCBS Radio, seeking counsel from a good therapist can help you to see a way forward. Talking about your struggles engages the prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain involved in rational decision making, and calms the amygdala, which processes threats. The net effect is that you feel better and also are able to make rational decisions.
For all of us, take the time to reach out to those who are isolated during the holidays. Most leaders care about people, but they don’t always show it. Check in on your direct reports to see how they are doing. Look for opportunities to include those who are lonely.
Finally, if you are struggling today, please seek help. You can reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273- TALK (8255).