#36 Five Ways to Lift the Christmas Cloud of Depression by davidTrig

598355_4929874134003_10644972_nWelcome back. You belong here.

My mom has a bad cold, poor thing. At night she sniffles and walks around with cough drops in her pocket and a scarf wrapped around her neck.

But DayQuil, hot tea, staying warm and lots of love are helping her mend, she’ll be fine.

Depression is like having a bad cold but worst. It’s a Christmas Cloud that makes you feel miserable inside and out and feels like it’ll never go away.

But unlike a bad cold, depression is something people (both the person with depression and those closest to them) don’t know always what to do about.

So here are 5 Ways to Lift the Christmas Cloud of Depression:

1. Be Kind to Yourself. When depression hits, the first thing we do is to try to get over it. Depression doesn’t work like that, it’s a condition that comes when you least expect it and goes away when it goes away.

If you don’t feel like going to that Holiday party, don’t go. Instead, come up with a simple statement such as “I’m feeling a bit under the weather”, or “I’m feeling a bit ragged” and take care of yourself.

2. Take Baby Steps. On the other hand, engaging small things that feel good is important to getting through the Christmas Cloud of depression.

When we take those baby steps, we feel like we’re okay and it gives us a sense of wellness. Change the oil, get a haircut, write, play, exercise, go out with friends.

3. Reach Out. Depression feeds on loneliness and embarrassment so isolation occurs. Your husband, wife, children, roomate, mom and those closest to you all know you’re feeling blue.

Try to avoid putting it all on them, instead see a therapist, spiritual advisor or a few trusted friends.

4. Call Out the Lies. During the Christmas Cloud, the mind gets filled with negative thoughts. I’m a failure, I’m always down, I’ll never get better, everyone thinks I’m no good. Stop listening to the lies and call them out for what they are, lies.

Everytime a negative thought or bad dream comes, say to it “That’s a lie! I’m worthy because God loves me!” and move on.

5. Remind Yourself, It’ll Pass. The worst part of being under the Christmas Cloud of depression is thinking it’ll never pass. I can tell you it will.

The intensity will pass, the sense of feeling trapped will pass, the thought that you’ll never be happy again will pass.

Honorable Mention:
6. Lower Expectations. 
My good friend Dr. Peggy Lesnick often says that super high expectations can often cause depression. She recommends to lower expectations, do what you can and realize that most of those expectations are our own.

You can’t rush the Christmas Cloud, but you can talk to it and remind it that God is at the center of your life, that you are a child of God and that better things are yet to come!

Audio Resource: Here’s a song I wrote a few years ago called Christmas Cloud, sung by our amazing daughter Isabela Trigueros. 

Note: If you’re dealing with more serious levels of depression, please call a trained professional or visit your local hospital.

I hope you have a great Christmas and holiday season, I’m here for you, cheering you on.

Thanks for reading.
Much GOZO!


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