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Tis’ the season…Or maybe not?

Tis’ the season…Or maybe not?

You know how the old song goes, “Tis’ the season to be jolly, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.”  The Christmas season is officially in full swing. The decorations are up, the parties are beginning, churches are planning their Christmas plays, and yet you feel like you want to hide under the covers until it all goes away. Well, here is the good news. You are not a weirdo, you are simply SAD!  SAD in this sense is the acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder and there are more than 3 million cases in the U.S. per year. The technical definition for SAD is, “a mood disorder characterized by depression that occurs at the same time each year.” People may experience: Mood: anxiety, apathy, general discontent, loneliness, loss of interest, mood swings, or sadness Sleep: excess sleepiness, insomnia, or sleep deprivation Whole body: appetite changes or fatigue Behavioral: irritability or social isolation Also common: depression, lack of concentration, or weight gain. I am no therapist, however I decided to share this information because this occurs in a lot of people. And if you have recently experienced loss in your family you definitely have to be on guard against Seasonal Affective Disorder around the holidays. Having lost my father in September I noticed when the holidays came around it felt like a dark cloud came with it. My entire family struggled with these feelings and decided to be intentional about overcoming them. I wanted to share a few tips that we personally are doing to overcome and combat these SAD feelings around the holidays. If you have lost a loved one, remember them with a special...