Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches

Not-So-Happy Holidays? How to Manage with SMI in the Family

December 17, 2022 Randye Kaye Season 3 Episode 7
Not-So-Happy Holidays? How to Manage with SMI in the Family
Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches
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Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches
Not-So-Happy Holidays? How to Manage with SMI in the Family
Dec 17, 2022 Season 3 Episode 7
Randye Kaye

Send a Text to the Moms

What if, for families coping with SMI (serious mental illness) in a loved one, the holiday season is "the most difficult time of the year"?

The 3 Moms Discuss - Holidays past, in joy, crisis or grief - and how we currently celebrate what is...the best we can.

Some tips we share:

  • Lower Holiday expectations and Marketing Myths (e.g., perfect holidays)
  • Plan Ahead - even for possible disaster
  • Have a Plan B - and maybe C, D...
  • Include Your Loved One as Much as Possible, Especially if They Can Help
  • Don't Let the "Unsqueaky Wheels" feel ignored
  • Cherish the Good Moments - Find the Positives
  • Be Willing to Change Traditions as Needed
  • Set and Enforce Limits  - Know Your Boundaries
  • Imagine How it Is for Your Loved One
  • Family Love Matters - You Do Make a Difference


Happy (and Realistic) Holidays to You All!

Want to Share Your Story in a Voice message?
https://benbehindhisvoices.com/tell-us-your-story/

Resources:
Look Again Podcast: https://www.bcss.org/lookagain/
Tips from NAMI: https://www.nami.org/Blogs/From-the-CEO/December-2021/The-Most-Difficult-Time-of-The-Year-Mental-Health-During-the-Holidays


Mindy and her book: https://mindygreiling.com/

Randye and her book: https://benbehindhisvoices.com/

Miriam and her book: https://www.miriam-feldman.com/







iMOM Podcast
If you need a mom friend right now, you’ve come to the right place.

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Randye Kaye
Mindy Greiling
Miriam (Mimi) Feldman


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Send a Text to the Moms

What if, for families coping with SMI (serious mental illness) in a loved one, the holiday season is "the most difficult time of the year"?

The 3 Moms Discuss - Holidays past, in joy, crisis or grief - and how we currently celebrate what is...the best we can.

Some tips we share:

  • Lower Holiday expectations and Marketing Myths (e.g., perfect holidays)
  • Plan Ahead - even for possible disaster
  • Have a Plan B - and maybe C, D...
  • Include Your Loved One as Much as Possible, Especially if They Can Help
  • Don't Let the "Unsqueaky Wheels" feel ignored
  • Cherish the Good Moments - Find the Positives
  • Be Willing to Change Traditions as Needed
  • Set and Enforce Limits  - Know Your Boundaries
  • Imagine How it Is for Your Loved One
  • Family Love Matters - You Do Make a Difference


Happy (and Realistic) Holidays to You All!

Want to Share Your Story in a Voice message?
https://benbehindhisvoices.com/tell-us-your-story/

Resources:
Look Again Podcast: https://www.bcss.org/lookagain/
Tips from NAMI: https://www.nami.org/Blogs/From-the-CEO/December-2021/The-Most-Difficult-Time-of-The-Year-Mental-Health-During-the-Holidays


Mindy and her book: https://mindygreiling.com/

Randye and her book: https://benbehindhisvoices.com/

Miriam and her book: https://www.miriam-feldman.com/







iMOM Podcast
If you need a mom friend right now, you’ve come to the right place.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify

Want to know more?
Join our facebook page
Our websites:
Randye Kaye
Mindy Greiling
Miriam (Mimi) Feldman


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