Blue Christmas & Winter Blues

I’ve been taking some time to think, reevaluate my goals, and do some soul-searching. When I spoke with my mom yesterday and told her I wasn’t writing right now, she suggested that I atleast update my blog…so hello readers!

The winter season gets me down every year. The shorter days coupled with the abundance of rain this year has really hit me hard. I did increase my mood stabilizer and can tell it’s beginning to work which is such a relief compared to years past. I’m grateful that I’m finally able to recognize when I’m struggling and to be able to do something about it.

So, just as a reminder, go out of your way to show a little more kindess to others during the winter season. Many people wear masks to get through, so you might not even realize they’re feeling down. Seasonal depression is hard to shake, even during the festive holidays. As one who struggles, I do appeciate those who extend a hug, a positive word, or even an invitation to participate in an outing or get-together. (I may not always be up for going, but it’s still nice to know I matter enough to someone that they thought of inviting me.)

Don’t take it personally if your friend or coworker seems stand-offish or aloof. Some days it can be hard to even get out of bed to go to work or take care of responsibilities. Having to be sociable is a lot harder for someone dealing with depression and/or anxiety. Being supportive by letting them know you’re there for them if they need anything may be just what they need to open up and talk about how they’re feeling.

Above all, even if they seem distant, check in with them so they know someone really cares. As someone who has struggled with depression off and on my entire life, having friends and family who care about me and show it has been the one thing that has kept me going during my darkest moments.

Most importantly, if you become concerned that this person may do harm to themselves, don’t hesitate to get help from another friend or coworker to express your concern with this person. There is strength in numbers, and once they see others caring about their wellbeing, it may be just the catalyst they need to seek professional help.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a blessed new year.

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