Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
                                              Isaiah 41:10

As the days get shorter, and the nights grow longer, our entire body begins to struggle to adjust to the change of seasons. Those sunny days, start to transform into chilled winds that cause leaves to gently glide down to the ground. At first glance, it seems as if the earth is getting sick. The wind starts to whistle and the ground is literally beginning to freeze beneath our feet as the trees tremble bare. This change seems harmless, but for many it can be devastating. This is the time of year that seasonal and holiday depression begins to creep into the lives and homes of many. People often underestimate seasonal and holiday depression. We right it off as mood swings or just grumpiness, but it’s very real and difficult for those living with it.

If you suffer or know anyone close to you suffering, seek help. Don’t take this situation lightly. Contact you primary care doctor immediately and share your feelings with them. There are also, groups and counselors who can provide both support and information. Depression hurts, and can devour everyone in its path if left untreated. Don’t allow yourself to be overcome with the darkness that it brings. Where we can’t control the seasons, we can improve our reactions and behaviours to it. Remember that fall is not the end; in fact I think it’s the beginning. It’s the moment of starting something new, from scratch. It reminds us that sometimes we must shed our past, mistakes, grief, failures, heartbreaks, and pain; to start new again. It gives us the opportunity to heal and regrow in the spring. Smile for you and someone else today Monumentals!

There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.

                                    Laurell K. Hamilton

Kristopher’s Mom, Kristina

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