Christmas is right around the corner! Beautiful lights, the spirit of giving and baking etc.
As enjoyable as it may be, many struggle with depression this time of year or “Seasonal Disorder”. I urge you all too keep that in mind with everything we say, do or think. There are many hurting people out there that may say things, react or do things they actually do NOT want to do. It is so easy to quickly react to ones reaction (Guilty but getting much better 😉 or “judge” them for being angry, bitter or simply not laughing at your jokes.
Please take the time to try and make someone smile, say “hello, how are you” and “have an awesome day” with sincerity. Let them see the Light or positive in you. Simply acknowledging someone and smiling can truly make their day. Sometimes people need to know we DO notice and care about them and that they are loved and have a purpose.
Sometimes people just need someone to listen to them, not simply “letting them talk” but actually listen to them. Show them you are actually interested in what they have to say. If the conversation get too negative or out of hand, try putting a positive spin on it, letting them know what you’re thankful for etc. but again, simply listening to them can be all the encouragement they need to keep their head up through this season!
Please make a point these next few months to reach out, say extra prayers, send extra positive energy to be the difference maker in even ONE persons attitude, day or life.
For those of you who are going through this tough time yourselves, you may ask “How can I maintain a sense of balance and mental wellness?” Now, I am not a doctor and do not “guarantee” any results as this is simply things I have applied to my life so I would like to make a few recommendations that helped me immensely:
1) Eat as little sugar as possible. Avoiding artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and Sucralose are also important as they are liked to several medical conditions mentally, physically and neurologically.
2) Be aware of wanting to eat when you are not hungry. This is a classic symptom of depression that can be an endless circle of questioning whether we are over eating because we are depressed or depressed because we are over eating. Try to catch yourself and hold yourself accountable. If you don’t think your will power is strong enough, ask a few friends to help you out as a “TEAM”. Many are taking weight loss “challenges” which is also a great idea. The one I have found to offer the highest level of actual nutrition per calorie with the highest level of antioxidants and ACAI the RVLution Challenge.
3) Try to develop and continue an exercise routine. Even something simple like walking, jumprope can help a lot. Getting around other people doing the same thing like a health club is also great as it can give you that sense of “community” many of us long for.
4) Now that we are working on how and what we eat and exercise, it is time to try to eliminate a bad habit and replace it with a good habit. One habit I have developed the last year was the one thing i absolutely despised…lol READING! The first book I read was “Attitude Is Everything” which literally changed my whole outlook on LIFE (Check out the short “videos” links and success talks on this page!! :).
Regardless what we are going through or what we have been through we have to remember it is not so much “what happens” to us in life, it’s what we DO with what happens to us! 🙂 Circumstances are not always within out control but out ATTITUDE is. Try to keep your head up! Remain POSITIVE and go out and make a POSITIVE DIFFERENCE in someones live. They just might have it worse than us….
If none of the above helps, I will make one last suggestion: Read the below story and it’s truth. Regardless what the “demon” may be (addiction, anger, lust, depression, alcoholism, unforgiveness etc) Jesus can heal it. Whether or not you let Him is 100% up to you. If you’re where I was and “had tried everything”, I urge you to filter everyone else’s opinions out and ask yourself honestly. “Am I willing to try the One thing I haven’t yet?”
Mark 5:1 They came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes. 2 When He got out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him,3 and he had his dwelling among the tombs. And no one was able to bind him anymore, even with a chain; 4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him and the shackles broken in pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and gashing himself with stones. 6 Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him; 7 and shouting with a loud voice, he *said, “[a]What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!” 8 For He had been saying to him,“Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9 And He was asking him, “What is your name?” And he *said to Him, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” 10 And he beganto implore Him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now there was a large herd of swine feeding [b]nearby on the mountain. 12 The demons implored Him, saying, “Send us into the swine so that we may enter them.” 13 Jesus gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea.Please “LIKE” and “share” this post and site if you feel it can help anyone and feel free to add me on Facebook and message me any questions you may have!