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Holiday Depression – Help for You and Others

The Holidays can be a joyous time for many, but a time of deep depression for others.  Many people have lost dear loved ones during the holiday months or other times throughout the year and seem to grieve especially hard during these winter months.  Others just seem to dwell on the past or don’t seem to be optimistic about the future this time of year.  For whatever reason, the holidays can be a rough time for many.  It is important to be aware of the troubles your loved ones are facing, and try to help out. Let them know you care….here are some ways to help out.

Visit – Take time to visit your loved ones.  Even those you are not especially close to, don’t assume they have someone else to reach out to.  Just 3o minutes out of your day will help brighten their spirits and reinforce their importance in someone else’s life.  It will give you a sense of purpose and joy in your heart. We all want to feel wanted.

Talk – Even with close loved ones.  Ask them how they are really doing during these holidays and be prepared to listen to their answers.  Look them in the eye and engage them when you ask the question.  Let them know you are there for them if they need a shoulder or a hug.   Tell someone if you are feeling anxiety or depression this holiday season.  Talk about what is keeping you down and why you are sad.  People will listen, just getting it out there will make you feel so much better!

Volunteer – Even if you are feeling down this season, volunteering has a way to brighten anyone’s day.  Volunteering helps you and it helps those you serve.  It helps you put things into perspective.  You realize there are many people out there that have worse problems than you.  It helps you realize how easy it is to make a difference out there! Of course, volunteering helps make life a little better for those in need.  It may help them financially, emotionally and spiritually.  It proves to be a pretty painless way to make a difference, and it improves your emotional health!

Pray – Talk to your Almighty Creator.  No matter what your religion.  Spiritual healing begins with prayer.  It helps make you whole, it helps you really speak what is bothering you and leads you in the right direction for healing.

Exercise – Get out and move your body!  Get your blood pumping!  Fight those sad emotions!  Just the adrenaline you produce will help your body feel better and help your mood improve.  Push yourself to reach a goal and surpass it.  You will reap the benefits immediately and it will help clear your mind.

Seek professional help – If you or someone you love are having trouble with depression or anxiety, seek professional help immediately.  Don’t take depression for granted.  Look for signs from your loved ones.  Are they withdrawn?  Are they bottling up emotions?  Get involved if you need to, or seek help for yourself.  Remember that you are not alone this holiday season!

Here are some links to other articles about suicide and depression:

http://azdailysun.com/news/local/9879b066-ce18-525d-a64e-623363116ed7.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20047544

 

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