THE FEELING OF BEING APPRECIATED
Happy Christmas, everyone! Here's something I randomly thought of while going through some photos of what made my 2017 best and worst. This year has been a roller coaster ride for me and as I've impatiently waited for 2016 to end, I am now waiting for this year to end with nothing but high hopes for 2018 - to be good year for all of us. Cheers!
After being diagnosed with the D, one of the first few things I did was to keep myself busy. Since it was around the end of October, I decided to write down my christmas list for this holiday season. I purposely cut it into half so I could have a bigger budget for everyone. Besides, my happiness is to see other people happy. Hence, I immediately went on to select a few people and start buying gifts as early as November. If my memory serves me right, the first gift I bought was a BDJ planner for a very close friend as she loves writing her schedules and expenses. The second gift was a pair of shoes for a friend who loves collecting them. I am not certain as to whether he'd like them but since they looked good, I bought them as a Christmas present.
This year, I carefully handpicked all the gifts and wrapped them one by one. Gift wrapping is very therapeutic for me so I figured I'd go overboard this season. Along with my usual customized gift cards, this year I added a personalized ribbon because I want people to know how special they are to me.
Truth be told, people who are suffering with depression and anxiety only wants to feel appreciated. Simple things make us happy and the feeling of being appreciated is actually a huge factor for us. Because our hormones are not balanced, there can be moments where feelings of being appreciated would aid in increasing our dopamine (happy hormones) levels.
I won't really give you tips for this post but I just want to express my sincerest gratitude to those people who made me feel special this holiday season. Also, I just want to say thank you for all the prayers and continuous words of encouragement. I maybe a work in progress but I am grateful for all the support. I'm also very ecstatic because some of you guys even posted my presents on social media. I know that people will just throw away the cards and the ribbons but I hope the messages would touch your hearts because I wrote them sincerely and in such a way that you'd feel how important you are to me.
Honestly, keeping my gifts privately are painful and I think I learned that the hard way. So, this holiday season, I humbly request that whoever is reading this post - please extend your thank you to your parents, friends and love ones for their gifts regardless their small or big. It is the thoughts and efforts that count.