Depression and the Holidays

Christmas has so many wonderful moments. Unfortunately, strands of loss and grief alter Christmas joy for many each year. Approaching Christmas is hard when your heart is breaking.

Depression is experienced by many people during the holidays. If you are one of them, you are not alone. Life is hard. You may have had a terrible loss, a deep disappointment, a health issue, or something else that has pierced your heart this past year. It’s possible the painful life event even happened some years ago. You are not unhealthy for still feeling the sting, but you may need to find some healthy responses to move forward and be a balanced, hopeful person.

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Here is Your FREE Gift From Intentional Living!

We have been building your anticipation with some promises.

NOW IT’S TIME!!

 

Intentional Living has been working hard to give a FREE Christmas gift to you, your family, friends, church, and community. It is our way of saying thank you, we care about your relationship with God and – – Merry Christmas! Now – open your gift . . .

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Live for the Line, Not the Dot – in the New Year: 7 Things to Think About

The end of one year morphs into a new one by the simple passing of days. Days slip by all year, but when days end one thing and begin another, they are noteworthy.

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Your life is a line, not a dot. You have segments of time to your line, spaces between 2 dots of time. Segments of time are:

  • Seasons
  • Months
  • Weeks
  • Days
  • Minutes.

You are living in a special week right now. This week sandwiched between Christmas and the New Year is significant. It ends one year and begins another. You need a whole new calendar! In this critical week, I encourage you to be thoughtful about 7 things:

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Baby – You Give Us Christmas!

Barely a week until Christmas. So much excitement, hope, eager expectation. JOY!

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At the same time, so many preparations. Gifts. Food. Traditions.

This time of year also often unveils other things we normally work to manage each day – from stress to depression to sadness to fatigue to lost hope. There are strains and expectations that only surface in December.

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The “Fresh New” and the “Valuable Old”

The end of another year blends into the beginning of a new one by the simple passing of days. It’s the same process that happens all year long, but when those few days end one thing and begin another, they are noteworthy.

There are some things in the “old” that need to be shed. Cut away. Dropped off. However, there are also some things in the “old” that are critical to hang onto.

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