How to cure the holiday blues
Holiday blues? We all get them, those moments we feel all alone in the world with comfort no where in sight. According to studies conducted, and reported in The Wall Street Journal, and The D.A.W.N. Report (drug abuse warning network) That suicide rates actually go down in December. This is hopeful. Many people are rejoicing with their families, friends, and roasting chestnuts on the open fire.
Then why do people feel so bad? Why do people feel depressed? Is it because seasonal affective disorder rears its ugly head? Well here’s an interesting fact: Oddly enough, the suicide rate actually peaks in June, and July. It’s true. So why are you blue? Social Media is a place where you get instant access to leaders, instant access to those who feel the same way you do, and instant access to people who can, and will help. Social media is not a magic bullet, but it sure can help.
There’s a combination of holiday cheer, and holiday Jeers this time of year, so who are you going to listen to?
What do you believe? Are the holiday’s Jolly, or is that pure folly? What are your friends posting on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+?
Are you going to side with those naysayers, or are you going to just get real with your pain, ask for help, and be around people who will cheer you up. In my personal experience, whenever I’m down I can direct message (dm) a friend and ask for some prayers, a wish of good luck, or what it is they believe in to be supportive.
People genuinely want to help, particularly around this time of year. I am alone in a new city were I only know a few people. Thank G-d for those sweet few because if it weren’t for them I’d be beside myself. I’m good at reaching out and asking for support. Today, one of my friends on Twitter said, “If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no.”
So check it out, if you reach out your hand, someone will always be there to grasp it. Most people really do want to be good, kind, and generous. If we expect the best in those around us, we will find it.
People ask me why do you believe in miracles, Social Media Margo? I see miracles on every corner because I look for them.
Even though this is the loneliest time of the year for me, I take solace and comfort in the fact that people really do love me. There are people who really love you too. You just have to look for them, and they will magically appear.
You don’t believe in magic? That’s cool too. Even if you believe in nothing, even if you believe in the great, vast void, you’re sure to find those who believe in nothing too.
The point is dialogue, and interaction sets us free, it works when nothing else does.
If you are lonely, desperate, or just plain insecure, share that feeling with a friend you meet on a social media network (privately of course) and break the pattern of isolation. It’s the isolation that kills us. Life abhors suicide. Life detests a black hole. Don’t fall into a pit of despair. If you are falling, someone on Facebook, or Twitter will catch you.
It’s funny how my friends, particularly on Twitter can tell when I’m masking my feelings. They’ll even call me on it-my friends on Twitter show up. It never ceases to amaze me.
Our friends get us through life. So can social media. It is the ultimate cure for the holiday blues.
What do you think? Will you please leave a comment and share a holiday blues story? What got you out of it? Discuss…
Your social media pal,
Social Media Margo