I had been thinking about writing a post about thankfulness and the sermon in church this morning was about thankfulness. I know this year it can be harder to find things to be thankful for, but I want to remind you it is always possible. Writing down things you are thankful for is helpful for depression and anxiety. Being grateful helps you be more joyful.
I know I have been very blessed this year. Dan has been able to keep working and we haven’t struggled financially. Our family has been relatively healthy. I am a Stay-at-Home Mom so I didn’t have to figure out how to work from home and keep M.J. entertained at the same time. M.J. isn’t in school yet so I didn’t have to figure out how to help him do school from home. I know my year has been easier than some people’s. I am definitely finding it easier to be thankful this year than I did last year.
Last year, a little before Thanksgiving, I had finished the partial hospitalization program. Obviously, I was still very depressed and learning how to cope with my OCD. I wasn’t seriously considering suicide anymore, but it was still a very hard time for me. I was also a little embarrassed about going to the partial hospitalization program so I didn’t tell very many people. It is pretty easy for me to write about it now, but it can still be difficult for me to talk about it. Maybe, because I express myself better in writing. I didn’t like being suicidal, I don’t like having OCD, but I am thankful God provided me with professionals to help me. I am trying to make people more aware of mental health issues. Especially OCD and intrusive thoughts. So many people have never heard of intrusive thoughts before. So many people think OCD is just being “clean” and “neat”. That’s not what it is. If you’d like to know more about the different types of OCD and intrusive thoughts read this post http://www.snugglesandstruggles.com/indexphp/2020/07/31/just-a-ringing-in-my-ear/. I’m thankful I was diagnosed with OCD so it can be treated with therapy and medication. I’m so thankful I’m here to celebrate the holidays with my family this year. I’m so thankful I will most likely be able to watch my son grow up.
I’m thankful for so much this year. I’m thankful I’ve been able to spend more time with M.J. I’m thankful I’ve had more time to write on my blog. I’m thankful for my husband. I feel that this has been a good year for our marriage. I feel that we have both been trying to grown in our relationship with God and each other. I’m so proud of Dan for focusing on his faith and his relationship with God. I’m so proud of him for trying to continually better himself as a father. Parenting during Covid-19 has been extremely hard. However; we have been working together to parent our son the best we can. I’m thankful M.J. is getting old enough to get even more excited for Christmas.
Your year might have been a lot harder than mine. If it has been, I am sorry. You don’t need to be thankful for the bad things that have happened this year, but try to find something to be thankful for. Most of us still have a place to live. We have technology that can help us “socialize” with others if we can’t (or don’t want to) leave the house. I know a lot of people have had babies this year. I mean, I guess there’s not much to do when you’re stuck in the house. Babies are always something to be thankful for. It is probably harder to have a newborn right now. I wouldn’t be surprised if Post- Partum Depression and Post-Partum Anxiety have increased this year. However; it is always a blessing to add to your family. Yes, parenting is hard. Parenting a newborn is very harder. Parenting a newborn during a Pandemic is probably even harder. However; I’m sure when the parents look back on this year they will be so excited their baby was born this year.
I know it can be difficult to be thankful, but it can be so helpful for your mental health. Try to write down one thing you’re thankful for each day. I have noticed being thankful is very beneficial for my mental health. I hope it is for yours, too.
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1st Thessalonians 5:18 NLT