So many people battle with depression between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The holiday blues often push people over the edge. Whether it’s the financial crunch of feeling pressured to buy, buy, buy during the holidays, or nostalgia from holidays past, or just the fatigue of the hustle and bustle, it seems to touch everyone. But I have good news for you! You can beat the blues!FIND JOY IN TODAY? It starts with a choice to find joy in today. We can’t do anything about the past. We can’t bring back those we’ve lost and we can’t live in the past of regret. All we can do is live in the present. Look for the reasons to be thankful and you will find today is a wonderful place to be. A friend once told me that all you get from looking back is a sore neck, and he’s right.
HELP SOMEONE ELSE: The very best way to get rid of depression is to do something good for someone else. Help someone, find a need and fill it. When you take the focus off yourself and look to helping another, it’s amazing what that does for the blues.
TURN OFF THE TV: Those emotional commercials that bring a sentimental tear to your eye, and they were done with ONE purpose: to SELL you something. If the TV was turned off from Thanksgiving to New Year’s day, I would bet that depression and the resulting actions that go with it would be almost eliminated. These things create a desire for something impossible, for some kind of emotional “magic” to happen because it’s a certain day of the year. So we set out to try to produce that in our own homes and it fails every time because it’s not real. Turn off the idiot box and get out and breathe fresh air, talk to other people, find something good to do instead of living in a dream world.