“Black Friday” gets its name from the fact that on the day after Thanksgiving, retailers finally make enough money for the year to “be in the black” - in other words, profitable.
For your partner with a mental illness, “Black Friday” - or really, any day this time of year - can feel darker than usual.
Since yesterday was Thanksgiving, it’s likely that you and your partner were with family and friends for the holiday (and they may even still be in your house now!). That “family togetherness” may have stirred up tensions that lay dormant the rest of the year, creating additional anxiety and depression for your partner.
Or perhaps you and your partner were alone, and that brought up other feelings, depending on the reason for not being with others. You could live too far away, or people you used to celebrate with may have passed away since last year, or perhaps your partner is too ill to participate in family get-togethers. Your partner may be grieving the loss of holiday traditions, or feeling anger, guilt, or shame if the reason you didn’t participate is because of their illness.
Luckily, the holiday season is a finite span of time, and it will be over come January 1. But, we still have 33 days to go until then, so how can you ease your partner’s burden about the holiday season?