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Old 12-19-2012, 11:30 AM
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Default Holiday Blues Ė Why Am I So Depressed?

Holiday Blues Ė Why Am I So Depressed?
A large number of individuals feel depressed during the holiday season. Itís not just you, trust me.

Ever wonder why?

First, there are incredible expectations to have a Norman Rockwell holiday. THATíS A PAINTING, FRIEND. Itís not reality. Decorated house, fabulous meal, smiling faces, peace on earthÖ.sounds like the spiked eggnog talking, here.

Second, we think everyone else is having a great time. Well if thatís true, then someone needs to explain the high suicide rate we see every DecemberÖI donít get it.
Third, this time of year we usually stop and reflect on the past 12 months, which arenít necessarily positive. [whereís the bat? Time to beat myself up..]

Thank goodness for all the food, alcohol and parties to drown the pain, huh?

Those three items are all definitely blocks in the prison wall, but it goes deeper.

Fear of change? Yes, that can hold us prisoner. Weíre afraid to take an honest look, we deny whatís happening, we shut down. But it goes even deeper.

Iím not enough. Iím not worth it. I canít do this.
This is where it starts. Self acceptance. Which moves into accepting the situation, then on to accepting others.

Acceptance is the key. And acceptance bears no blame, no shame, no judgment.

That depression, those holiday blues Ė itís your Higher Self saying thereís a better path to take. You donít need to stay on this road.

I know change is hard. Changing alone is harder.
Now that you have the key, what say we unlock that prison door?
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:00 PM
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Thanks so much for posting this. Gave me a great feeling reading it.
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:15 AM
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Hopefully the blues will just pass by
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:56 AM
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Annie-Pat said it very well. I agree that this time of year has many of us trying to make everything "perfect" for ourselves and our families. That is why so many people spend more money than they should and also why when families get together there is sometimes a real let down if things don't go smoothly or as well as we had hoped.

I have come to let some of it go. I used to want everything perfect and then not only got very stressed out but then felt a be let down and disappointment when things didn't "measure" up.

We all need to cut ourselves some slack and relax. All will be well.
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