Do you remember when neighbors helped each other out with gifts and holiday greetings?
During the US Depression, many Americans were forced to go on home relief, aka welfare.
It's been said that back in 1935, just before the holidays, families were dejected and depressed, but friends and families were there ready to support.
When food was running low and the rent was overdue, folks were afraid because many people were being put out on the street with all their belongings.
The assurance was that things will eventually improve, but to remember that there would be times when someone else needs help. To help others within your means and assure them things will turn out OK.
Dr. Simon Rego, Chief Psychologist, at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY tells CITY IMAGES the key is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
He suggests a couple of self-help books for people needing help in managing their anxiety:
He also suggests this website for those needing more info on anxiety and depression:
Finally, he shares a blog written by a colleague for people who are upset by the election:
It's about kindness, civility, and practicing cognitive behavioral therapy.
Catastrophize: We sabotage ourselves by taking an event and treating it as an ongoing source of negativity.
Ruminate: When fighting with a friend don't keep thinking about it, amplifying the anger, stress, and anxiety.
Second guess: Telling yourself you should have done this or not done that. You can't change the past, so instead, live in the present. No would've, should've or could've.
Worry: Depressed people often convince themselves they know what will happen someday.
Always Communicate: Isolation happens if you're avoiding people. Our social networks provide an opportunity to gain support.
Stay Focused: Get up at a set time, eat meals at the same hour every day, and avoid lounging on the couch during the day lest it prevents you from sleeping well at night.
Control Thoughts: Depressed people tend to think in extremes: I'm a loser. No one loves me. I'll never get a job.
Reality Check: If you're depressed, negative thoughts go with the territory, these are rarely grounded in reality.
Set Goals: Straightforward goals are set and follow. Those goals should be SMART, in other words, "Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Rewarding, and Time-sensitive."
Express Gratitude: Write down what you enjoy doing that you've stopped doing because you're sad.
Royal Denial: If you're unhappy, denying it will make things worse. Some people don't accept they're depressed and instead beat themselves up or think they're nuts and weak.
Treat Yourself: Remember to always treat you they way you wish to be treated. Try a little tenderness with a kinder, gentler way. https://youtu.be/UnPMoAb4y8U?list=RDUnPMoAb4y8U
CITY IMAGES wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a better news year. http://health.doseofnews.com/