December 2013 Health Beat

Karen’s Kolumn is usually written by Karen Dolley, R.N. and Grange Friend… we appreciate her knowledge and her willingness to share! Due to extra demands at work, Karen is on a bit of a “Sabbatical” and this month’s column is written by Walter Boomsma.

When Karen and I discussed Health Beat for the holidays I mentioned that I might do something on the topic of “depression” — a topic we both agreed is timely for the holiday season. In some ways it seems incongruous–this is a meaningful, warm and charitable time of year. One would think festive moods would be the order of the day. And yet, for many different reasons many people get a version of the “holiday blues” or find themselves feeling depressed.  

So for this month’s Health Beat I’m going to ask you to visit my website and read the post, “Helping With Boots.” It’s a job I often have at  school when I substitute in the lower grades. I don’t want to give away the ending, but suffice it to say that I think we can learn a lot about the holiday blues, depression, SAD (seasonal affective disorder), PMS–all of those moments in life when we think we are “less” but we are really just being human–by thinking about the reality that there are times when we all could use a hand–holiday season or not.

Whether you need some help or are asked to give it, you might think about the reality that boots do not always go on easy, zippers some times break, and mittens can be tricky. When it happens we can feel frustrated, but the struggle doesn’t define us any more than a festive season means we have to be happy. “We’re people, and we have problems. We’re not perfect, and that’s okay.”

Of course I hope your holidays are happy… but perhaps a better wish is that your holidays be meaningful because that covers the range of emotion available to us as imperfect human beings living in an imperfect world. And if you are having trouble with your boots, find someone who’ll say “that’s okay” and then help you get them on.


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