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Supporting Each Other During this Holiday Season

The enticing smell of sweet potato pie baking in the middle of the night (as I play “taste-tester throughout the process), the chatter and laughter of family members drinking and keeping my mother  company in kitchen, the all-night runs to the grocery store and perhaps a stop or two at a local bar for some wings or Shark’s Deli on Lee Rd for a fish dinner…..these are all SOME of the many memories and traditions I look forward to every Thanksgiving.

This time of the year is and has always been my favorite. Yes, I love fall fashion and I even like the fact that I can step outside without sweating, but it’s the family traditions that really highlight this season for me. So many of us love that very sentiment. We love being around our loved ones and friends, gathering over copious amounts of soul-food dishes and playing whatever game happens to get started at the big table first, but for others, this time of the year can be trying. From those who may have lost loved ones, to those who may not realize how the lack of Vitamin D affects their mood, checking up on those you love this season is very important.

Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is form of depression in which people experience depressive episodes during specific times of the year. The most common seasonal pattern is for depressive episodes to being in the fall or winter and diminish in the spring. A less common type of SAD, known as summer depression, usually begins in the late spring or early summer. SAD may be related to changes in the amount of daylight a person receives.

(Psychology Today, “Seasonal Affective Disorder”, 2018)

Far too often, we shrug our shoulders and turn our heads away from those in our friend circles or families who use this time of the year to shut themselves in and distant themselves from others. I challenge us to do the opposite. Text that friend or family member whenever they cross your mind, call them up to let them know you’re thinking of them and love them, or simply ask them how they’re doing.

Being grateful and giving thanks is more than a prayer said over prepared food before mealtime. It also means showing love and support to those whom you appreciate and those whom have been a blessing in your life. Remember the strength of love during this season and spread that shit like butter.

Happy Thanksgiving and Share your favorite memories and traditions with My Urban Addiction!!!

Seasonal Affective Disorder. (n.d.). Retrieved November 19, 2018, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder