The holidays are always portrayed as a merry, cheerful time, yet not everyone feels that way. Many feel alone and isolated throughout the holiday season. Many people experience increased depression and anxiety during the holidays. Crisis hotlines experience an increase in number of calls, and domestic violence tends to rise.
Our memories of better days, the loss of our loved ones, and financial hardship or job instability can all add to the stress. Sometimes we have to be intentional about caring for ourselves, especially during a stressful holiday season.
“You’re always so full of joy.”
That’s a comment I receive on a regular basis, and every time I do, I smile and whisper a prayer of thanks.
Yet, there was a time when I was depressed and thought I was joy-immune. Read more about how I overcame depression to live a life full of joy.
There are so many difficult circumstances that bring heartache. You can still rejoice, despite these situations, even in heartache, suffering, and the pit of depression. How can you rejoice? Read more.
Many around the world are watching and celebrating medals from the 2018 winter Olympics, but in the United States, we’ve been dealing with some very difficult circumstances.
In a world where terrorism is on the rise, economies are less stable, divorce is rampant, and more diseases are being discovered but fewer are being cured, everyone needs hope. We long to know that everything will be okay. We desire to know more than anything that WE will be okay. [more]