Beware of the Holiday Blues

Hello family I hope you have been enjoying your family and friends as I have! We should all know that statically many many people suffer from depression greatly during the Holiday seasons. I want to share an article from the staff at the Mayo Clinic on how to to deal with the Holiday Blues. Be sure to click the read more link at the bottom to view the entire article!

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The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it’s no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few.

But with some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would.

When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past.

  1. Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, realize that it’s normal to feel sadness and grief. It’s OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can’t force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season.
  2. Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.
  3. Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can’t come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos.

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Friendships – Are they essential?

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Today I want to share with you something that is very important for our overall health spiritually and naturally. The bible says in Matthew 24:12 that, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the Love of most will grow cold” That scripture says so many things to me, but mainly it speaks of the current condition of the soul of mankind. As time progresses, it’s not that people will choose not to Love; they won’t have the ability to Love. Being that Love is a key component in any valid relationship, it stands to reason that real relationships will become extinct. To that fact, the ideal of the friend is a dying concept in this culture of dog eat dog, it’s all about me. Have you noticed that some of the key components of the Christian experience are missing overall? There is a lack of trust, honesty, belief, selflessness, and patience to name a few. We were taught as kids growing up that these were some of the fruit of the Spirit. The above mentioned were an automatic if you lived a Spirit-led life. I can only deduce that if there is a lack of valid, effective relationships in your life, chances are there is a lack of Godliness in you or in those around you. WOW! Ok I know that might be a tough pill to swallow, but’s let’s think about this.  When you really are living a spirit led life, you will exude characteristics that make you loving and lovable. In fact John 15:35 states, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you Love one another.” Ok so, the scripture states that the true effectiveness of your evangelism is not based on the amount you give, or how often you attend church, but by your LOVE. Do you see the contrast, so while the world’s Love will wax cold, our Love should be growing abundantly. Let’s take a moment to introspect, have you allowed life to stifle you Love component? Have you kept yourself from great friendships, due to fear of being hurt again? If your answer is yes, than beware- you might look more like the world than what you think. This week, I want you to pray this, “Lord increase my Love component”. It’s a very simple prayer with a powerful implication. If God is Love, and we are asking him to increase our Love, then what we are really saying is, Lord give me more of you.