Seasonal Affective Disorder and Depression are worse during this time of year for many people. Many people are affected by the shorter days, others are affected by the seemingly happy season going on around us. Others are dealing with things that we cannot imagine. Sometimes it’s just the chemicals in our bodies messing with us. Whatever the reason depression has its hold on many people during the holidays.
For me I have lost people during the holidays that I cared deeply about. My mom before Halloween in 2009, my late husband before Christmas in 2012 and then a friend before Thanksgiving (actually the second friend around that time) and one on last New Year’s Eve. I am ready to cancel all holidays. It’s not a happy time for me. I think that is why I love giving gifts. Okay, I have always enjoyed giving more than getting.
If I can make Christmas special for others, I feel a bit better. It may not keep the depression at bay, but I hope that eventually I can trick my brain into thinking it’s happy by smiling.
If you know someone is fighting depression, check on them. Invite them out. Let them know you care and are thinking of them. Especially at Christmas!
Love, Peace and Light!