Hi, how are you? I hope you’re doing well.
Have you ever been around an enthusiastic person? It’s hard not to catch their enthusiasm, isn’t it? If they get excited, usually you will get excited as well. It’s hard not to!
But it may be hard to stay enthusiastic if your loved one gets depressed around this time of year.
I know you can’t force them to be enthusiastic if they aren’t, but maybe you can do some things to at least encourage them.
Here are some suggestions:
1. Encourage them to get involved with holiday planning
Activity and productivity are always good for someone who has bipolar disorder. Try to get them to give you some ideas, and get their own creative juices flowing!
2. Have them do the Christmas cards this year
You want to encourage them to think of others and to get their mind off themselves and the way they are feeling, and doing the Christmas cards will be good for them.
3. Have them help you with the holiday baking
Even if you didn’t do any holiday baking last year, do it this year and have your loved one help you with it.
4. Have your loved one make up the Christmas shopping list
Even if you have traditionally been the one to make up the Christmas shopping list every year, let your loved one do it this year. Again, it will (hopefully) get their mind off themselves.
5. Encourage them to help you put up the Christmas tree
Have fun with this – put on some pretty Christmas music to get them in the mood, and then put up the tree together.
6. Have them choose and buy for a child off the store’s Christmas Angel Tree
This will remind your loved one that there are people who are struggling this year, and it might make them feel better to buy a present for a needy child.
Hopefully, your loved one will “catch” your holiday enthusiasm this year