If you have had something tragic occur during the holidays then feelings
of discouragement can happen during this time of year. If
you find yourself feeling down or restless but you do not have other
symptoms of depression, such as difficulty sleeping or sudden change in
weight, you may be experiencing what is known as mild depression. In
their book New Light on Depression (Zondervan), David B. Biebel, D.Min.,
and Harold G. Koenig, M.D., offer six self-help strategies to
counteract mild depression:
1. Surround yourself with constructive friends.
2. Increase your activity—this will make you feel better and improve your mental outlook.
3. Relax—a new twist on the old adage: “All work and no play makes Jack or Jill depressed.”
4. Helping others gives your life purpose and meaning.
5. Journal—this activity provides insight into where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going.
6. Praying connects you with God, dispels loneliness and puts your problems in proper perspective.
and Koenig point out that these tips do not replace professional help
for anyone who is more than mildly depressed. If you feel you need help,
don’t hesitate to seek a professional counselor or therapist.