Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How To Kick Depression In The Teeth Around The Holidays.

As humans we tend to dwell on what we don’t have in life, and Christmas and New Years accelerates these insecurities we all have when it comes to money and how we spent our year. A woman I know told me she prays to God each night to win the Lottery; I understand that and sometimes do it myself but I asked her why she doesn’t use some of her prayers to thank God (or Satan, Buddha, Scientology or whoever you pray too) for everything she does have?

According to NYU Langone medical center, depression and suicide happen more in the spring and not the holiday season, ”The media often inaccurately reports such a link, and also tends to blame suicides during the holiday season on depression or anxiety directly related to the holidays. However, studies have shown that people tend to be less likely to commit suicide during the holiday season, perhaps because of an increase in available emotional support.”

I’m no dippy over-positive person and I always see the negative before the positive, so believe me when I say it feels better sometimes to be grateful for what you do have instead of being fixated on what you don’t have. Bad things happen to everyone, big or small-rich or poor. Don’t focus on the negative (of course you’re not going to forget what upsets you; you just need A balance of the two)

So try this: What are you grateful for this holiday; your relationship. Your beautiful new baby. your friends. That raise at work. Losing 10 pounds? Whatever it is there has to be something good that has happened to you this past year. When you decide what it is; pat yourself on the back; go ahead you deserve to smile at how corny this sounds; but hopefully you’ll realize life is not as bad as it seems or could be.