December 2022 Health Tip

Mt. Zion Monthly Health Tip
*Mind, Body, Spirit* = Wellness
December 2022
December is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, AIDS Awareness Month, Seasonal Depression Awareness Month; and December 5-11 is National Influenza Vaccination Week

The month of December is a joyous time for Christians, filled with preparations for family gatherings to celebrate the birth of our Savior. However, the holiday season can be a time of sadness and depression for many people, especially those who have recently lost loved ones, or have had a loss around the holiday season – and this feeling of loss can last a lifetime. Seasonal depression occurs when a person’s mood changes when the seasons change. People may start to feel “down” when the days get shorter in the fall and winter (also called “winter blues”). To fight seasonal depression, we can pray for God to lift our stronghold of depression. We can let our inner "joy" help us to remember the blessings of life and tomorrow's promise. We can make realistic expectations for the holiday season by resisting the pressure to spend a lot of money on gifts. We can cherish the memories we have of our loved ones who have passed away, knowing that they are always with us in spirit.
During this holiday season reach out to friends and family - if not in person, then through social media, or by phone or mail. Always remember the reason for this holiday season - our love of Christ and the celebration of His birth! 
If you need help dealing with feelings of depression, or know someone you feel may be having difficulty dealing with feelings of depression, please contact The Georgia Crisis & Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225, available 24/7.  Our Pastor is also available to provide prayer and spiritual counselling.

Praying for *Mind, Body, and Spiritual* wellness to you,
 The Mt. Zion Health and Wellness Ministry