Stopping the Winter Blues

This month’s DSMA Blog Carnival question is, “What can we do to help stop depression from hitting our community during the winter months?”

Pot of gold at the end of a rainbowI 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/

Comments

  1. I love these suggestions – especially the one about asking the person for help. Feeling needed and knowing you are helping someone else does a lot to boost someone’s mood!!

  2. Even though I’d seen the video, it still made me smile!
    I like your ideas.

  3. This is a great idea. I’ve frequently checked-in with DOC friends who posted messages of desperation – the kind of message that repeat in my mind over and over and leave me feeling helpless – but I never thought of giving a phone number.

    Several years ago, I worked for a cell-phone company and helped launch the “texting” feature. In my mind, I thought it made absolutely no sense… why use a phone to type to someone when you can use that same phone to actually speak to them? It appears I’ve fallen victim to my own sarcastic thoughts. It’s time to put a voice out there behind my name. Thanks for the suggestion.

    • Thanks Scott! I have a d-friend that I talk to on the phone probably at least once a month. She actually asked me for my number because she wanted to ask a question. It is nice to have someone to actually to talk to once in awhile that gets it. I gave my number to another friend when she was having a hard time and we did talk. It was nice to hear someone’s voice. Having a voice to go with the profile does make it more personal.

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