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Now with three locations to serve you better! Lindale, TX - McKinney, TX - Colorado Springs
“And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
Lights! Music! Christmas!
I don’t know about you, but I love the Christmas season. Everything about it makes me excited. I even like the sights and sounds of the malls for goodness sakes! I couldn’t begin to rank what I enjoy most about this time of year, but the music and lights would definitely be at the top.
While I enjoy this season with every fiber of my being, I realize that for so many, it is a time of deep sadness. December can signal the onset of a season of loneliness, embittered family battles, and feelings of comparison which so often lead to those holiday blues. While we sing about “tidings of comfort and joy”, and wishing every one we see a heartfelt “joy to the world”, not everyone feels so jolly during the Christmas season. For those, their only reality is that these long dreamed of “feel good emotions” of comfort and joy, have made it to the top of their Christmas wish list.
And then it hit me.
Perhaps that's you. Perhaps you've been struggling with getting into the Christmas spirit this year. Maybe you've experienced great loss in 2017 or major disappointments. Maybe loneliness fills your nights more than you'd ever imagined possible. Or perhaps this time of year conjures up for you memories from difficult childhood Christmas days that you'd rather stuff in your stocking and send away with Santa and his reindeer. So many reasons that could intrude upon your Christmas joy and keep you from experiencing the magic of the season.
But know this... whatever it is you’re going through that is creating a sense of distress and sadness for you, you are not alone. Statistics show that more people suffer from depression during the holiday season than any other single time of the year. You are entitled to your feelings but you are also responsible for managing them.
The Good News!
The good news is that you are in control of them as well. You and only you can orchestrate change in how you feel and respond to those pesky feelings regardless of what has led to their presence. You CAN enjoy the Christmas season to its fullest this year. Comfort and joy could be closer than you realize; not merely some abstract unattainable dream. 2,000 years ago, the angels came bringing a message of comfort and hope to the shepherds on that still, dark night. Yet, they also came announcing ‘good tidings of great “JOY”. If the angels brought forth a message of hope to the shepherds which was for all people everywhere, that must surely include us today. Right? So how can you experience this joy for yourself? Below are a few tips to having a “holly jolly Christmas”…..
A Christmas "To-Do" List
- Reaching out for help is a good place to start. Call a friend, family member, or neighbor. Let them know how you’re doing and check in on them.
- Step out of your comfort zone and do something for someone else. Volunteer, serve, connect with others in some way. Get creative!
- Visit with the elderly in your neighborhood or at a local nursing home. Sign up to help at a soup kitchen, deliver toys to a family in need. Seeing the joy in someone else’s eyes, brings a sense of joy to us as well.
- Light a candle, put on some music and journal. Journal about your day. Your thoughts, your private feelings. Journaling is simply putting your heart on paper. Go ahead, give it a try.
- Send out a few Christmas cards to people across the miles, wishing them a merry Christmas. In so doing, your mood is lifted as you send warm wishes to them.
- Step outside of yourself. When we feel depressed, the last thing we want to do is to leave our place of comfort, yet that’s the very thing we need to do the most.
- Read a favorite childhood Christmas story or watch a favorite holiday movie
- Make an ornament.
- Bake a pumpkin pie. Bake pumpkin bread. Back anything pumpkin!! Yum!!
- Attend a Christmas party, musical, or event such as a tree lighting ceremony.
Doing these things might not cure your depression, but it’s a start in the right direction. Sometimes we need something more deeply involved such as therapy. Don’t be ashamed to pick up the phone and call a therapist. Asking for help is a sign of courage and strength, not weakness.
Please give me a call when you are ready to begin living life to its fullest, and remember, you are not alone.
That I Might Not Sin
A book about character development for children and young teens, with family activities to reinforce learning.
By Dr. Robin Newman
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305 E. South St. Lindale, Texas 75771
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