Wednesday, December 7, 2022

How are you holding up?


12 7 2022


The holidays are a joyful time for many and extremely difficult for others.



For those who have a hard time, people can give you a lot of recommendations, can’t they? Get into the spirit! Decorating will make you feel better! And lots of others. I happen to get benefit from being with other people. I love holiday crowds. But I’m not everyone!



I found this article in Psychology Today about why meditation doesn’t work for everyone. It impressed me. It lists 5 conditions that make meditation difficult, even harmful. Take a look if you’ve found no benefits from medication.



One this those of us with depression are good at is hiding it behind a smile. You never can tell what a person is thinking or feeling, just by looking.



The end is the part I like: finding your own form of meditation. Like the guy who lost himself in his carving, I can lose myself in my fiction. I never realized it before, but writing is my meditation. I mean, I’ve always known that I’m in better mental health when I’m writing, but I’ve never put it that way. I know some people exercise to stay sane. Do you have anything similar?



I expect to have a very good Christmas. There will be 5 grandchildren present. That’s a formula for happiness!


***I’ll note that this is being posted on Pearl Harbor Day. I don’t want to ignore it.

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