Yes, life can be rough. Sometimes very rough. Personal and environmental forces combine.
Here in the Palm Beaches we are going through a severe drought. We are out of drinking water by the end of June. Nice, huh? I live on an island and we haven’t had rain in months. And I mean months! If the ocean wasn’t down the street I would forget what real water looked like. Yes, it rumbles and gets dark and yet it doesn’t rain.Not here anyway! Climate control, anyone?
We are into our lovely hurricane season. When all bets are off. We have been spared for the last few years, which means nothing to me. All it takes is another season like the triplets: Frances, Jeanne and Wilma who were all direct hits and water, water everywhere! Not to mention trees down, no electricity for weeks, ice cold showers and no water to drink. Think refugee living at it’s finest!
Now lets look at the job market, where people are so depressed that they are robbing banks for a dollar. Yes, a dollar! To go to jail and receive healthcare. Pretty scary scenerio, but it’s a true story.
Florida is a tourist state. Yes, we depend on you to put money into our banks. So far all looks good if your in the hospitality industry. People who are snowbirds drop their hard earned money into our state’s economy every year. So if this is your profession, you’ll always have a job.
Healthcare is huge in Florida. Nurses can have any job they want if they meet the requirements. It’s one of the number one industries in the state. If your a healthcare provider, your in! You just need to pick the correct job.
So why is everyone so depressed? Health insurance is sky high. Jobs are limited if your in real estate or home development. Children need their essentials. There is nothing worse then a family member who can’t provide for their family. This is where alcohol and addictions begin. It’s better to live in a drug haze then to live with the realities of your plight. I’ve seen it time and time again. So sad, yet so true.
So how can you beat the odds of depression? Putting aside it being hereditary, like me. Wake-up, look in the unemployment section and find a job. It might not be your ideal six figure job, but it’s still a job. Start small and reinvent yourself. If your mortgage is too high, think about renting temporarily. Another words, downsize. Simplify your life. Get rid of the stress in your life and the depression will pass. Trust me, it’s the way to go. Less stress, means less depression. And I’m the Queen of depression……I should know…….lol
For anyone in the Palm Beaches who is struggling with an addiction, the following links may be helpful. CARP is a detox center which also takes in people who are not working and cannot pay for their treatment. It’s an excellent facility with a terrific staff. Here is their link: http://www.carpinc.org/ The second rehab center is also in West Palm Beach, Hazelden Treatment Center. An excellent treatment center that also takes in teens and adults alike. Here is their link: http://www.hazelden.org/web/landing.view
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