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Stepping into Christmas

Today is Christmas and for many who suffer from brain illness, this is a most difficult day. These people are surrounded by others who are happy about the holiday and who
often feel that “if you would just relax and enjoy yourself” everything would be fine.

Unfortunately that is not the case. As we have said time and time again, depression cannot be cured by just wishing it so or by pulling up those boot straps. Instead, try acknowledging that the day might be difficult, but urge the depressed person to try and remember that taking the day a step at a time is the way to go.

You can get through the family dinner one step at a time. You can watch the opening of presents and be okay. You can recognize the happiness in others without feeling devastated. One step, one minute, one hour, one day at a time enables us to get through anything. We might not like it or enjoy it but we can get through it. And gradually, we will find that those small moments can be dealt with more easily, that those moments of tension can be dissipated. Going one step at a time does not cure anything but it gives us the power to get through days that are difficult and to relish the days that we want to cherish.

Christmas is one day out of the year and it can be dealt with one moment at a time, moments that might surprise us by being among our most cherished ones on the bumpy road of depression.

– Bernadette


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