Is it the economy? Where most people are treading carefully as they do their holiday shopping. Is it personal health issues? Where a loved one is very ill or has passed this past year. Whatever the reason, most people just do not have their typical mojo this Christmas season.
This past year did go by very quickly. I remember when it was January. It seems like yesterday.Now we are approaching the beginning of another year. Will 2011 be better? Well, that seems to be up to us.
As we get older, most of us are involved in our parents health issues. Which can be very tricky business. They are living longer and longer. Most of them do not have long term care insurance. Which means that when they are no longer able to care for themselves, then what? Do they live with their kids? Which child inherits all the responsibility? It’s a very difficult decision to make.
If it’s not our parents that we are worried about, could it be financial issues? A lot of people are unemployed. A lot. My heart aches as I see someone with their pet huddled in an alcove trying to sleep or keep warm. It’s a sad day when those who served their country are homeless and living in someones doorway. I was at Publix, grocery shopping, and it simply broke my heart.
I know a man who collects soda cans to survive. I always put mine out front so he can just take the bag. He does this on a bicycle everyday. He’s usually dragging three or four huge hefty bags filled with cans as he goes by. It amazes me what a person can become familiar with when their money is stripped away. I admire his perseverence and fortitude. He simply amazes me!
I will admit that this year has been one of personal loss to a lot of people I know. Now the holidays are upon us and the loss feels even more overwhelming. It’s normal to feel this way. With everyone sitting around the holiday table and then exchanging gift’s, the loss can be overwhelming. I spoke to someone today who is going through this. She wishes the holidays were simply over. She said that she’s simply going through the motions. I told her I simply understand, and I do.
Depression is depression. Whether your unemployed, you lost a parent or other family member or your simply in a slump. The key point is that it should go away. If your depressed and it lingers and prevents you from functioning, you need help. You should make an appointment to see someone to get through the grief. Or to vent that you simply lost your job and have a family with mouths to feed, and no income coming in. Either way you’ll be doing yourself a world of good.
We live in Florida. The weather is gorgeous 99 % of the time. The other one percent is the threat of hurricanes and other treacherous weather. Sure we get our cold snaps from time to time, so you throw on a sweater and go on your merry way. What I’m trying to say is that we don’t have the cabin fever that the northerners have. The weather is freezing up there! Depression runs rampant during the winter months, I ought to know. I was born and raised amongst it. Very isolating and scary.
So what’s the best treatment for depression? Exercise. Whether your walking, running or riding your bike, your doing your body and mind a world of good. Every doctor prescribes it, along with your regular treatment. So don’t let depression get the best of you. We live in a beautiful state. Take in the sights as your walking or running. I guarantee you how great you’ll feel when you return home. Those “happy hormones” work everytime! Happy exercising….
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