The holidays are a joyous time for many people. Thanksgiving and Christmas bring about family gatherings, parties, and get togethers. But those who have depression can often feel more alone than ever around the holidays, especially those who are veterans.
I’m not an expert on depression by any means, but I have been very depressed before. I can tell you that dealing with it means that you have to realize something: you’re the only one who can get yourself out of it.
Depression involves retreating inward. The consequence of this is feeling like you’re the only one in your world. Getting out of it entails pushing outward, even when you don’t want to.
This can involve helping others in some small way, or it can involve becoming part of a group. This is much easier than you think it is. Organized sports, martial arts, charity groups, and others provide a way of getting out of yourself and into social situations.
Helping others is one of the best ways to get out of a depressive state.
As I said, I don’t have all of the answers, but I do hope that this episode helps you to get through this holiday season and to find some joy for yourself. As veterans, we have an obligation to live our best lives, not just for ourselves but for our brothers who sacrificed their own lives so that we can live.