This month’s DSMA Blog Carnival question is, “What can we do to help stop depression from hitting our community during the winter months?”
I was thinking about what to write for this post. I know when I get down in the dumps, it is hard to see that there really is a pot at the end of the rainbow. The other day I posted the kindness boomerang video and started thinking about how far a little kindness goes. When I am having a bad day and get a simple little note from someone, it really does help put a smile on my face.
If you notice someone is being quiet or if they even came out and talked about something going on in their life, a simple little note telling them that you are thinking about them or asking if they are OK does wonders.
If that person is an online friend and you feel comfortable giving them your phone number, offer to do that. Maybe you don’t know what some of the stuff they are going thru is like, but you do get the diabetes stuff. Sometimes hearing a real voice has more impact than an email when someone is feeling down. If you live close enough to meet them for a cup of coffee, offer to do that. I know when something is bothering me, being able to talk to someone really helps.
When I am down, keeping busy helps keep my mind off of my problems. If you know of some groups or activities that you think would benefit someone, suggest they check it out. If you don’t know of anything going on, start something on your own. Start a fun thread on a message board and point it out to your friend.
Maybe ask that person to help you with something. Even if you really don’t need their help with it, it would give them something to do to help keep their mind off their own troubles. I usually feel better when I am able to help someone so maybe if they can feel like they are being helpful to you, that would cheer them up.
“This post is my February entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetessocmed.com/2012/february-dsma-blog-carnival/“