15 Oct Thanksgiving: It Can Be Depressing For Millions of People in America
It’s that time of year again for Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. For many, Thanksgiving is the most depressing time of the year. People often get depressed around the holidays for many different reasons. For ex-addicts, it can be devastating. For starters, you may have spent a lot of your holidays drunk or high. You may have had family and friends that loved you and are now deceased. Perhaps your divorced and your family doesn’t want you around anymore because you used to be a really bad drunk. There are so many different reasons why a person can feel depressed during the holidays.
According to Webmd.com, an MD named Rakesh Jain says that the holidays give a lot of people the blues. Some psychologists say that visiting the ghosts of your past are healthy. If you tend to think about the same thing every Thanksgiving, it is best to find out why. Write down in a journal what is troubling you. Why are you hurting about the same thing over and over again? What can you do to move past this? Here are a few good books for you to read about being depressed around the holidays. Hopefully they will be of help to you as you try to understand your depression around the holidays.
• Holidays of Darkness: Psychologist’s Personal Journey Out of His Depression by Norman S. Endler
• Emma’s Gift: A Novel by Leisha Kelly
• A Harvest of Hope: A Depression Era Romance (Holidays in Hickory Creek) by Debby Lee
• Amish Knitting Circle Christmas: Granny & Jeb’s Love Story by Karen Ana Vogel
• Holidays for the Hurting: 25 Devotionals to Get You Through The Season by Elisabeth Klein
• Lulu’s Christmas Story: A True Story of Faith and Hope During the Great Depression by Ludmilla Bollow
You are not a loser if you send a holiday greeting card to yourself. Write in it all of the things that you would want it to say. You will be shocked that you actually receive the card in the mail and it makes you feel happy. Believe it or not, our mind often triggers happiness when we receive a piece of mail that isn’t a bill. In fact, holiday greeting cards let us know that someone is thinking about us. You are thinking of yourself. That is a blessing. A lot of people don’t care about themselves. The fact that you do is a blessing in disguise.
Push yourself to exercise during the holiday. If you take a walk, you will feel a sense of happiness. If you live in a cold environment, your body will feel even better knowing that you have a warm house to come home to.
Spend more time with your pet that loves you. Pets are wanting your time more than anyone else on the planet. If you work a lot, your pet would appreciate you taking them on longer walks or simply playing with them.