For those of us with MS, or for anyone with chronic illnesses, with depression or anxiety, this time of year can be really hard. I think feelings of loneliness, grief, pain, separation, and anxiety can be enhanced when it seems the rest of the world is celebrating. Part of that may be sadness that we can't physically or emotionally participate in all that others seem to be participating in. Part of it may be comparing our situation to the "perfect" Facebook-like lives of others. Some of us may be in constant pain. Some may feel a sense of the holidays being little more than a burden with to-do lists that we simply don't have the energy to fulfill. Many of us are stretched financially.
I hope that everyone who feels that way will feel free to share that here with people who understand. I also hope that no one leaves depression or anxiety untreated. There are people who want to help us if we will give them the opportunity. So please ask for help. Each of us is precious and valuable.
There is the national suicide hotline, which is available 24 hours a day:
I know there are some brilliant, compassionate people here who will share some ways they have of dealing with the temporary blues. If you have learned some ways you find helpful, please share them here.
I'll start with one thing which works for me. Doing something for someone else is an enormous lifter of my mood. It doesn't have to be anything big, but just something that gets my focus off of myself and my current mood.