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Roller Coaster of Life

Roller Coaster of Life
Life's Ups and Downs

Friday, December 28, 2007

The Ups and Downs of December

My friend L. and I both struggle with the ups and downs of depression. We help each other through our bad days and have somewhat shared and compared our struggles through this past month. Why December seems to be our worst month, is different for each of us. Past memories and experiences play a part....along with the rush, stress, and sometimes overwhelming preparations of the Christmas season.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

How are YOU doing?

Well, not too many days left until Christmas. How are YOU holding up? Have you been able to keep busy enough to get your mind off of your sadness? Have you had opportunities to go out and do something for someone else?

I also hope that you live in an area where you can soak up some of Mr. Sun....or at least sit under some full-spectrum lights.

I would like to hear from you as to how you are handling this time in your life.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Music Therapy

We all have our favorite types of music. Stress, anxiety and depression are greatly soothed by the quiet, relaxing, and more calmer music.

If I can do something, anything, that will take my mind away from the sad, melancholy thoughts, and have it wash over me like a healing is just such a therapy.

This time of year we have such beautiful Christmas music with its powerful uplifting words and melody. Do we REALLY listen and ponder the words? Do we let the words of the song permeate our soul with hope and peace?

I have a good friend just recently tell me to try not to give in to the fight it off. Yes, I know sometimes it is more easily said, than done. But her statement is true, so true. So, play some of your favorite Christmas music or other type of relaxing music, lay on the couch with a soft pillow and warm blanket, close and rest your eyes for a bit, relax the muscles of your body, and just float along with the music. Such therapy!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Blessed Mr. Sun

Thank goodness the sun is back out after our several days of rain storms. Lack of sunlight sure does a number on my depression. I am realizing this more and more as I age. I sure have taken the sun for granted all my life. I have never fully understood or appreciated the great and many health benefits the sun so freely offers, by the hand of God.
I must try harder to go outdoors each day and sit and soak up the healing rays of Mr. Sun, and also to remember to deep breathe so that I give my body cells more oxygen.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

My Depression...and does anyone care, anyway

I am grateful for our much needed has been constantly raining and cloudy for a couple of days...but for a person that has seasonal depression (SAD),lack of sunshine makes a very great difference in how they are feeling. Maybe today because it is such a down day for me, that I have these feelings. After all, when you are depressed, you are only feeling sorry for yourself....right?

But where are some of my so-called friends? I need a true friend….someone who cares about ME. Is it that when others are around people that have depression, that it is not a fun place to be…they would rather be with FUN people?

Where is the TRUE charity? Does it only lie with helping those who have just had surgeries, or are dying from cancer, or have just had a baby? Depression is an illness, too. And for me….just simply finding something that will take my mind off of the sad thoughts for awhile, IS GREAT THERAPY.

Aren’t we, who suffer from depression, just as much in need of help, compassion, and contact from others, as those listed above?

I feel that it would be extremely therapeutic just to receive a phone call often, from a friend, wondering how I am doing. Better yet, it would be great for someone to say to me… “how about getting out and going to the store with me”, or “how about going to a movie”, or “let’s go out for lunch”. NOW THOSE ARE THE TRUE FRIENDS. And God bless them!