Welcome - this beautiful photo is called 'BLESSINGS'

Welcome - this beautiful photo is called 'BLESSINGS'
It's painted by Robin Urton - locate her works by typing her name into Google. I think this is the most beautiful painting I've seen in my life. Robin is a buddhist; a calm and loving soul - a delight, and I thank her for sharing this with me as well as other beautiful pieces of her works.

Just a note to any reader.....

As both Jessica and I share our symptoms; our 'history', and how we wound up searching for a remedy to the lethargy - fatigue, and other symptoms and difficulties associated with adrenal failure and hypothyroidism, this will be added as a 'new post'.

Our progression; how we manage to make strides and steps toward better health, all of that will be noted below the 'history', so to find our 'progress entries', scroll down to the bottom part of this blog.

As we learn of books and other resources, the sidebar will have those entries and links.

We welcome your visit and any comments/ideas you'd like to share with us. If you've started a similar blog, do let us know and we'll add the link. "To your health and ours".....Diane & Jessica.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

In the last few years, I wondered why I felt MORE depressed prior to major holidays.....

The postcard is one from my collection. I remember buying it because it was near Christmas some years ago; I was feeling depressed - puzzled by my mood, and this suddenly changed it.
Why did I stop and think again about what a 'real depression' could be? Well, this old post card shows a soldier - WWI; gone for Christmas, and I began to feel very ashamed that I'd felt sad when I really had nothing to be sad about. Certainly the millions who felt the loss of their loved ones being far across the globe - during Christmas, and fighting a war, had much more to be depressed and tearful about.
Of course that prompted me to look at my dad's photo of him in his army uniform - gone for 4 years; missing the holidays, and my mother alone - just with me.
Mom said I was her 'strength' to go forward; she depended upon my smile and happy child-like ways, to keep her spirits up.
It was then I realized that part of my depression was because my children were all grown up; all of them live miles from where I do, and I don't get to see all of them for the holidays - I miss those wonderful times, and it's hard to just exchange gifts by mail and share greetings over the telephone.
I was searching on the web to see if there were any articles on holiday depression - I found one that I thought was helpful.
If most of us who are mom's are going to be 'alone' on Mother's Day this year, we all know that empty feeling and can be prone to fall into depression.
If we have no one to share the 4th of July with; to raise the flag and hear the band play our national anthem, we can feel so left out.
And what about Memorial Day - we decorate the graves; yet, we weep - it's a time that reminds us of those days with long departed loved ones.
Sometimes I glance at the calendar and curse the holiday because it stirs up memories that I cherish, and I'm not able to make 'new memories' that seem to have the depth and joy, that I did when I was a child; a young mother - a new grandmother, and now even most of my grandchildren are grown; moving to other parts of the country, and it continues to be a difficult thing to cope with those changes, and not feel a bit down-hearted.
So, while it's not Christmas or Thanksgiving that's approaching us now, these ideas I found still work because some of them are applicable to any holiday or personal family birthday; anniversary, or those big 'red letter' days you put on the calendar.
I thought it important to add to this blog, because this also contributes to some of the dilemma those of us face who have fatigue; stress, and it's not always related to the physical condition, but rather to the individual's emotional state - regardless of who thinks it's important, if that person who's 'down in the dumps', thinks it's important, then it is - after all, the world is as we perceive it to be through our eyes.
From the Mayo Clinic, these suggestions helped me when I was too sick to attend a Christmas gathering with my family in California. I hope they'll help you as well - to 'bettering your health' as I'm doing with mine. Diane
Tips you can try to head off holiday stress and depression:

Acknowledge your feelings. If a loved one has recently died or you aren't able
to be with your loved ones, realize that it's normal to feel sadness or grief.
It's OK now and then to take time just to cry or express your feelings. You
can't force yourself to be happy just because it's the holiday season.
Seek support. If you feel isolated or down, seek out
family members and friends, or community, religious or social services. They can
offer support and companionship. Consider volunteering at a community or
religious function. Getting involved and helping others can lift your spirits
and broaden your friendships. Also, enlist support for organizing holiday
gatherings, as well as meal preparation and cleanup. You don't have to go it
alone. Don't be a martyr.

Be realistic. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change
as well. Hold on to those you can and want to. But accept that you may have to
let go of others. For example, if your adult children and grandchildren can't
all gather at your house as usual, find new ways to celebrate together from
afar, such as sharing pictures, e-mails or videotapes.
Set differences aside. Try to accept family members
and friends as they are, even if they don't live up to all your expectations.
Practice forgiveness. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for
discussion. With stress and activity levels high, the holidays might not be
conducive to making quality time for relationships. And be understanding if
others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they're
feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.
Stick to a budget. Before you go shopping, decide how much money you can afford
to spend on gifts and other items. Then be sure to stick to your budget. If you
don't, you could feel anxious and tense for months afterward as you struggle to
pay the bills. Don't try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts. Donate to
a charity in someone's name, give homemade gifts or start a family gift
Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping,
baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make one
big food-shopping trip. That'll help prevent a last-minute scramble to buy
forgotten ingredients — and you'll have time to make another pie, if the first
one's a flop. Expect travel delays, especially if you're flying.

Learn to say no. Believe it or not, people will understand if you can't
do certain projects or activities. If you say yes only to what you really want
to do, you'll avoid feeling resentful, bitter and overwhelmed. If it's really
not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove
something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.
Don't abandon healthy habits. Don't let the holidays
become a dietary free-for-all. Some indulgence is OK, but overindulgence only
adds to your stress and guilt. Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so
that you don't go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks. Continue to get plenty
of sleep and schedule time for physical activity.
Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone,
without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to
do. Steal away to a quiet place, even if it's to the bathroom for a few moments
of solitude. Take a walk at night and stargaze. Listen to soothing music. Find
something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and
restoring inner calm.
Rethink resolutions. Resolutions can set you up for
failure if they're unrealistic. Don't resolve to change your whole life to make
up for past excess. Instead, try to return to basic, healthy lifestyle routines.
Set smaller, more specific goals with a reasonable time frame. Choose only those
resolutions that help you feel valuable and that provide more than only fleeting
moments of happiness.

Forget about perfection. Holiday TV specials are filled with happy endings. But
in real life, people don't usually resolve problems within an hour or two.
Something always comes up. You may get stuck late at the office and miss your
daughter's school play, your sister may dredge up an old argument, your partner
may burn the cookies, and your mother may criticize how you're raising the kids.
All in the same day. Accept imperfections in yourself and in others.

Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your
best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued
by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to
face routine chores. If these feelings last for several weeks, talk to your
doctor or a mental health professional. You may have depression.

So, if you do think you have depression; feeling like it won't go away - not ever, then continue reading some of the posts - refer to the side-bar for some helpful 'quotes' that are inspiring and supportive.

Look at your eating habits; your life-style, and your 'habit' of possibly expecting things to 'stay the same' (as I've done) - things change; we age, and nothing stands still for long. We can't save 'Time In A Bottle', but we shouldn't 'bottle up' our worries and refuse to seek help.

Seeking we find; asking we shall get some answers - the doors are open on so many places not only on the I-net, but in the selections of books and through the kindness of friends and family. Once we share the sad feelings we're having; if we 'open up, about our personal difficulties, we will find a friendly 'ear' - a kind person; a good soul that will give us that extra boost we're seeking, so we can re-engage our own will power, and enjoy the days to come.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great advice. Thx.