4 Ways To Cope This Turkey Day👇🏾

Tomorrow will be difficult for many, myself included, as sometimes I do wish I had a normal family life. Still, I no longer let that stop me from living because I use these exact coping skills to beat holiday depression:

▪️Remember, you ARE NOT alone, so stop saying or thinking this! We all are suffering in some way, and don’t beat yourself up thinking you’re the only person in the world 🌎 who’s depressed because you are not! Take this time to reach out to a supportive friend, coach/mentor, or call a hotline SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

▪️That neighbor down the street that’s always asking for you to come over go! That co-worker who is always asking you to go out for drinks, take them up on that! Just don’t sit a waddle in self-pity; this landed me in a mental hospital! If you are invited, it’s ok to go, and it’s definitely ok to have a good time!

▪️Start your own traditions; for year’s my husband, and I would go to the beach 🏖yes, we love it down there even in the winter! This was our new tradition because neither of us celebrated with family! I haven’t been in the mood to slave over a stove, so we order take out! It’s ok! Start your tradition…

▪️Do what makes you happy, now if you choose not to do anything at all, then that’s ok too! You are not obligated to partake in festivities if you don’t want to! And don’t feel guilty if you want to curl up with a blanket and Hallmark movies!!! Do what makes you feel good, period!

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Published by Olivia B. Shepherd

Welcome, My name is Olivia Shepherd, and I am the founder of this awesome blog about depression and mental illness. I started this blog in 2016 after being diagnosed with Major Depression, Anxiety and PTSD. I didn't have anybody to talk too or share my feelings with, so I decided to share them publicly to help others. I'm passionate and dedicated to bringing awareness about mental health, especially in the African American community. I also want to empower your voice to speak up and fight the stigma surrounding this illness. I’m also the founder of AshesToBeauty Mentoring & Outreach, a virtual online service dedicated to to the positive development and accelerated recovery of girls and women who have experienced abuse and depression, Ashes To Beauty strives to empower women to take their lives back by providing life skill education, one-on-one mentorship and impactful personal tools by which these impacted women can build the foundation for a successful future. Look forward to having you read my blog, 𝓞𝓵𝓲𝓿𝓲𝓪 𝓑. 𝓢𝓱𝓮𝓹𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓭 💋

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