The holidays are here and while most of the world tis the season, others are suffering from the holiday hopelessness and depression. Myself included.
Not sure where it comes from but I can say for me, it’s the expectations that come from family and work and life, really. Stressing about bills, gifts, trips, oh my can put you in a rut real quick. Again…this is common.
Studies have shown that “…nearly three-fourths of participants reported feeling more anxious or depressed during the holiday season” (USNews, 2014)
We’re all singing the same song “just give me something to get ahead”. That’s songs on the top 100 Billboard charts next to T.I. and Teyanna Taylor.
What can we do to avoid the holiday blues? Here are a few tips:
Plan ahead: Come up with restorative routines, such as reading a book or napping, and write them on a calendar. In between shopping and baking, make sure these routines don’t fall by the wayside.
Avoid family conflict: If you know there are going to be conflicts, prepare a neutral response, such as, “Let’s talk about that another time,” or, “I can see how you would feel that way.”
Schedule some sleep: Try to get to bed and wake up at approximately the same time every day; avoid large meals and physical activity such as dancing within a few hours of bedtime; and make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary, free from TV or other distractions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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I will conclude with this. Depression can be controlled with the right people in your circle that notice the signs and can offer help when you’re in need. Prayer REALLY helps. I think GOD stop taking my calls! It’s not easy. Ask for help. Write it down. Talk to someone. Give it more time to sort before you do something you can’t take back.
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