The holidays can trigger a mixture of emotions for many individuals, especially for those who have experienced loss or a discouraging life event. There is also a certain invisible pressure to feel happy around the holidays which can be difficult for those who are experiencing depression or anxiety.

In 2021, President Nelson’s annual Christmas video included the following counsel: “When so many around us are burdened with fear and uncertainty, I invite you to make room in your heart for those around you who may be struggling. … No gifts will mean as much as acts of pure love you offer to the lonely, the worn down, and the weary.”

The article “What to say (and avoid saying) to help someone feeling down this Christmas” published by LDS Living provides ideas from a therapist and a licensed clinical social worker on how to help your friends, family, or neighbors who might be lonely, worn down, or weary this holiday season.


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