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.
Dear Dr B,
I have several family members and friends who have chronic illness and pain. I also work in ministry with many people who are going through a number of difficult struggles. It’s just my nature to want to do whatever I can to help. I pray for them, but I have to tell you that I also tend to carry their burdens with them and allow their struggles to really get me down. How can I empathize, support, and give Godly advice without suffering with them, feeling like I have to solve their problems, and having it negatively impact me? [more]
Sometimes the very thing we run from is the thing we need the most. Are we willing to trust that God knows what is best and that His plan for us is good?
In today’s society we are applauded for doing it all, but that comes at a cost. Today’s post gives you permission to not be the strong one.
In today’s Ask DrB column, a reader asks about the difference between depression and exhaustion. Read on to see Dr. Bengtson’s answer.