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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Depression is REAL!

If anyone has ever told you depression is not real, don’t believe them. If someone has questioned whether a person can be depressed and still be a Christian, do not let them speak into your life. And worst of all, if anyone has ever judged you for being depressed, put up gentle boundaries that protect your heart.

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Depression and Pain: 7 Things That Matter

Depression and Pain are cousins. Sometimes they come visiting . . . and linger too long as your “guests.” More often, they feel like predators. As much as you want them OUT, you feel helpless to make them leave. You cannot shake the depression. Or perhaps it’s the pain, whether physical, emotional, spiritual, mental. So, instead you find yourself asking questions like:

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  • Why is this condition present?
  • Why won’t it leave?
  • What have I mismanaged that this continues?
  • Am I being punished?
  • Why do I have to live with circumstances I would never wish on anyone?

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