Unfortunately the sad truth is there are many who are depressed during the holidays. The buying and giving of gifts is out of reach for many. Also not everyone has family to share the revelries. Others have such high expectations that they are left feeling empty when the realities of life set.
Some people are sad during the holidays, and many suffer from depression.
This year many people have suffered from the poor economic situation. Some have lost their job. Others are underemployed, which can be depressing and attack a person's ego and self-worth.
Take time this holiday season to reflect on the true meaning behind the celebration. Reach out and try to touch someone. Make a difference in a person's life. The idea of a good deed moving forward should especially be strong now. Remember the unselfish acts of the original Saint Nicholas, who is considered the greatest gift giver of all time. He delivered basic food, necessities and money needed for the survival of others. He was concerned about other's well-being and happiness.
Emotionally, we all need a pat on the back now and again. When a person's self-esteem is wavering, it is even more urgent. Don't just participate in this year’s festivity, but instead become involved with the people closest to you.
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Look around you and see the people behind the mask. If you see sadness in their face, reach out and ask them if they are okay. Listen to their story. Take time to hear them and give them moral support.
Sometimes just being recognized and validated can help. No one should be sad during the holidays. During this Advent season let’s help each other so it will be a Merry Christmas!
Until next post…have a great day.
Link to Mayoclinic article - Depression & the Holidays
Link to WebMD article - Depression During the Holidays
helpguide.org Article on Depression-signs/ types / diagnosis / treatment
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