Christmas Time is Here Again
It’s less than a week until the big day: it’s a focus for most everyone in the western hemisphere. But is it jolly, happy or bright? Not necessarily.
If anything, Christmas reminds us of family and friends we have lost along the way.
And the need to put on a happy face for the world can somehow be daunting if you’re not feeling the joy.
What should we do?
Remove the Stigma
Too often, the people we know make judgement calls whenever they encounter mental illness. In some ways, because it is so misunderstood, a sufferer is labelled “unstable”.
Well, I’m a diabetic. I, too, am unstable, but medication helps to keep my blood sugars under control. Otherwise, especially at this time of year, I could overindulge and cause damage to my health.
Why can’t we see that mental health is no different?
Get Professional Help
This image is perfect: health is like a jigsaw puzzle, and we need the pieces to come together in order to see what’s really going on.
Recovery is absolutely possible, and the idea that you can get healed by just doing one thing or another is the fallacy that keeps us trapped in our confusion. We need a new way of approaching any health issues that involve the mind. It is never just the ‘brain’. Our thinking needs to include our environmental stresses: work, family, relationships and Christmas.
I could quote Scrooge and say, “Bah, humbug,” but that won’t help.
What we need is Love.