Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace and joy and celebration, so why in the world do so many feel so blue? Christian Counselor, Lisa Holbrook shared her thoughts and advice about dealing with the “Christmas Blues” on today’s show. Here’s a recap:
–Depression peaks at Christmas for several reasons. Lots of the problems that we might be able to manage or even avoid dealing with during the rest of the year seem to be magnified. Financial issues, family issues, grief and marital problems are just a few things that can come to a head at Christmas and lead to depression, anxiety and sadness. Also, as the days get shorter, many people struggle with a specific type of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) that is caused by reduced exposure to daylight.
Some ways to cope:
-Serve and give to others (volunteer or give to a charity)
-Set your expectations low
-Decide with your spouse how many social gatherings you would like to attend-don’t overload your schedule, especially if you find these events draining
-Set a budget and stick to it so you don’t compound the problem by getting (further) into debt.
-Pray. Ask God if there are some deeper issues that He is bringing to the surface because He wants to bring healing to you.
-Seek professional help. Especially if your problem is more than something that comes and goes with the Holidays. Fatigue, weight gain and thoughts of harming yourself are just a few signs that your “Christmas Blues” could be something more serious.
-Don’t be ashamed if your doctor advises you to take medication for your anxiety or depression. If you were diabetic, you would not hesitate to take insulin for your condition. Getting medical help for emotional conditions does not mean that your faith is weak!
-On the other side of the coin, even if you are taking medication for depression, don’t stop also asking the Lord (perhaps with help from a reputable Christian Counselor) if there are deeper issues in your life in need of healing.
Lisa Holbrook is a Licensed Christian Counselor who practices in Colfax. To contact Lisa for more information or to make an appointment, she can be reached at: 336-669-7340.
I have been working at WBFJ since September 2004 when God threw me out of the boat I was riding in and set me on a new and wonderful course. I love co-hosting the morning show, although the lack of sleep does make me a bit loopy at times.
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