Red Bay, Alabama
We are in midst of the season that touts many celebrations of cheer with family and friends.
People feel that everyone should be cheerful, happy and in a celebratory mood. But the stress of the holidays can stimulate feelings of sadness and depression.
There is a host of situations that add to stress and difficult emotions during the holidays. Many people compare their moods to others' and if they do not feel that they are as happy as others, then the feelings of sadness is magnified. As a result they feel like an outsider.
Unrealistic gift giving creates financial woes. But not having money for gifts also creates stress and depression. When a person cannot afford to buy gifts for their family, it can be quite upsetting, even devastating.
Working yourself into a frenzy, becoming overworked and fatigued can plunge some into depression.
Some do not have a caring family or a family at all. Approximately twenty four percent of Americans live alone and many of those not by choice.
Others have memories of dysfunctional families and holidays filled with arguments and stress and unrealistic expectations. Trying to please others, to meet their demands and expectations brings causes sadness and feeling a lack of self worth.
Estrangement, divorce and grief can create feelings of depression that can last long after the holidays.
Then there is SAD, seasonal affective disorder. Sad may be quite prevalent this year due to the weather we have been experiencing.
Now there is lighting available that can be added to the home's lighting system that will help combat the symptoms of SAD.
In addition to changing the lighting at home, getting out of the house, taking time for ourselves, exercising, eating healthful meals can help one to feel better.
How can we help? We can be aware of others feelings. We can pay it forward, thinking of other's needs rather than ourselves.
Reach out to others, volunteer for a period of time. There are many things that we can do. Not only do we help others feel better, we feel better ourselves.
Thanks for stopping by and reading our blog. Remember the reason for the season. What a birthday celebration!
God bless each of you.