We all know that the outcome of certain situations in our lives is mostly determined by our peception of it and how we responded to it. It's "situation cause and effect" which may not always be favorable.

These Personal Awareness Bible Lessons teach us how to become more spiritual in our thinking as well as our doing. If applied, we'll experience peace and glorify God as we transition through the issues of life.

One: Self-evaluation and reflection

Help: If you look for the worst, you’ll find it. Try to reflect on your positive attributes. Treat the

negative ones as a “work in progress,” or things that you will improve. Always remember that you’re

not perfect and that you were wonderfully and fearfully made. (God was very careful when He made you.  

He knows your potential and how wonderful you really are).

 

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Two: The Commercializing of Christmas

Help: Don’t fall into it … plain and simple. Remember the true meaning of this special holiday. Set a spending budget and stick to it!

(Scripture: For unto us a child was born)

 

Three: The Social Aspect of Christmas.

Help: Discipline yourself to open-up a little. You’ll find that you have more confidence than you think. Being a little more social than usual can also help to enhance your confidence.

 

Four: Loneliness

Help: Understand that loneliness is sometimes self-imposed. Knowing this requires that you do something about it. Say yes to the get-together or office party. You don’t have to involve yourself in all the activities, just eat the good food (show yourself friendly) and make acquaintances.

 

Five: Reminiscing over the Loss of a Loved One

Help: Instead of mourning their life, celebrate it. Tell the good stories, salute their accomplishments and don’t forget to remember their quirky personality. Afterwards, say an uplifting prayer. It’s okay to shed tears of joy.

 

Six: Hurt over a Divorce, Separation or Failed Relationship

Help: Try hard to move on and avoid excessive reminiscing. Having a positive outlook on life and your future keeps you thinking positively. Doing something for yourself that is spontaneous and out of the ordinary…celebrate you!

(Scripture: weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning)

 

Seven: Financial Strain

Help: If you’ve been struggling financially, remember that your family knows that and aren’t expecting much from you. Give non-monetary gifts; for example, take everyone somewhere to volunteer. You can also give low-cost gifts, maybe a sentimental picture in a special frame. You’ll be surprised how a scrapbook, a piece of your jewelry a personal  ornament, cards with a recorded message or a favorite CD, can mean more to the people who love you than something store bought.

The decorated trees, music, bright colors, parties, the arrival of visiting loved ones and of course the holiday dinner and exchange of gifts, makes Christmas the happiest and most loved holiday.  Unfortunately, for thousands of people (especially the elderly and women more so than men), Christmas is just the opposite.

 

"Holiday Depression" is real, but it's also temporary and manageable. Use the tips below to help yourself or a family member this holiday season.

 

Note: The suggestions contained in this article are intended to help improve sad feelings due to the festivities of the Christmas holiday.  If you or someone you know is suffering from depression consult a doctor professional psychologist.