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When you're feeling depressed, celebrating the holidays can seem overwhelming.
The first thing to do is realize that whatever you feel about the holidays this year is OK. Allow yourself to feel whatever you feel, to be numb or uninterested.
The second thing to do is realize that taking action helps to alleviate depression, or at least keep it from deepening. If you do not want to do anything to celebrate the holidays, you do not have to. However, if you can muster a little energy, you might try these simple activities to brighten your day.
The next time you grocery shop, pick up a jar or tin of whole cloves, whole or ground nutmeg and some cinnamon sticks. Then one afternoon or evening, fill your home with the scent of holiday potpourri.
In a medium saucepan, simmer:
Add additional water and spices as needed if you choose to keep it going.
Write a simple note of appreciation to anyone who is a welcome part of your life. It can be on a holiday card, a plain sheet of paper or blank note card. Just two or three handwritten lines are all that is necessary.
For instance, the note of appreciation might be to a neighbor who you may not pal around with but is always available if you need help. He or she will give you a stamp or a cup of sugar if you need to borrow one, or will gladly help you move a piece of furniture. Write a note to a co-worker who has been supportive and always has a ready smile. Or write to a friend or family member who always remembers your birthday – even when you forget his or hers.
You can enjoy this treat by yourself or turn it into a very small, simple holiday party with one to three friends. It is always beneficial to socialize when you are depressed, even if it feels difficult.
If you need to, ask one of your friends to help you prepare the cocoa. Enjoy!
Source: Martha Stewart
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