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“The Blues…”

Instead of wallowing in my misery, I made some changes.

-         Stephanie Mills

The blues….What are the blues?  A memory can bring back happiness, such as the smell of apple pie, yet at the same time, has the ability to trigger the “blues”.

 

The blues are a natural response to the absence of someone or time in our lives that was very special and for whatever reason, those times or that someone is gone.  The real question is how do you handle those moments when the blues seem to take over and reshape your life.  The first thing to do is to acknowledge that you are having a “blue” mood.  Once you have acknowledged that you are in blue mood, you can then create a list of reasons “why” the mood has hit you.  Maybe you lost your job, or maybe it is Valentine’s day and for the second year in a row, you have no one to share it with.  Once the reason has been identified, then it is up to you to change the circumstances.  You can change your circumstances by changing your environment.  You can go on a long walk and plan how you are going to climb your way out of the mood.  You can read a book you have been meaning to read.  In essence, do something meaningful for yourself – Yes, be selfish and take care of yourself.

 

When the mood doesn’t seem to go away despite all that you do, this may be an indication that you are in need of professional assistance.  To determine if you mood is more than a passing phenomena, go to, http://www.med.nyu.edu/Psych/screens/depres.html  This Website has an online quiz that you can take, that can assist you in determining if you are having depression.

 

If at any time you feel you are unable to handle the daily things in your life, feel lost, and have no hope, please seek professional assistance immediately.  There is always hope.  You might have just misplaced it and there are methods that can help you find it.

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