Depression and Christmas shouldn’t go together but sometimes it happens.
Christmas depression can ruin one of the best periods of the year when we should be able to enjoy time with friends and relatives. But why do you feel so down during Christmas? What are the reasons for your holiday depression? I’m sure you know what they are. Would you like to know how a simple thing can improve your mood? What I’m going to tell isn’t just related to Christmas depression, it can be used whenever you are feeling down in the dumps, whatever the reason. For a general discussion about low moods you can probably find interesting also my article on Sadness, Melancholy and Depression.
Why Depression hits you at Christmas?
December is for me the best period of the year, lights everywhere, everyone seems to be happy and eager to have fun with everyone, decorations, Christmas trees, Santa Clauses, etc. The spirit of Christmas is everywhere and everyone seems to be merry. At least that is how it should be. However for some people holidays and especially Christmas bring depression. There are many reasons to feel depressed in that period, maybe you are alone, or you have lost recently a loved one, or for other personal reasons at Christmas you feel down instead of happy. A friend of mine who has lost his wife is obviously not so happy as he sees families all around enjoying themselves and misses his wife a lot. Luckily though he has two sons who make him feel not alone.
Given this if you’re feeling such a holiday depression you have only two choices: either dig into your depression staying at home alone and feeling every day worse than the previous one or you can act and do something to counterbalance your low mood. I’d go for the second one. Action reduces depression, believe it or not, while staying still you just go more down in the dumps.
Doing something can fight Depression
You can choose what you want to do to be occupied and avoid indulging to your Christmas depression, but my advice is to do something for someone else. Giving is one of the best thing you can do when feeling depressed and doing something to help people in need has the magical effect of lifting our mood almost instantly. Everyone feels great when has the chance to help someone else. Believe it or not helping people in need can really make miracles for your low mood especially at December when there are so many opportunities to give. Also giving or just talking with someone who needs your help can remind you that there are situations worse than yours, and that at the end your position is not so bad.
Help someone in need to deal better with Depression
As we are talking mainly about Christmas depression my advice would be to go to your local church and give your willingness to help at some orphanages or giving away free food to those in the need. Or you can try to go and help at a children’s hospital. Children are the future of our world and there are so many of them which could benefit from your help at Christmas, and obviously the rest of the year too. Children in hospitals or orphanages will benefit immensely from your active participation in making their holidays better. And don’t forget that for children Christmas is the most important day of the year; wasn’t it the same for you?
If you have technical abilities you could even create some toys for them, or decorations, or cook some cakes, or just tell them a beautiful story. Whatever you like to do staying with children in need at December is one of the best ways to use your time, even if you don’t suffer from Christmas depression. Actually children can lift your mood almost always.
Is there a better day for a child than Christmas? So why not help them and receive back a little of their happiness? Believe me, this December help children or other people in need and holiday depression will fade away or at least be reduced to an acceptable level. Do it and this will be a great Christmas, for you and for those you help. Just look around for a suitable association to join, there are plenty out there. Or if you prefer also older people needs help especially on Christmas. Why not going to an old people’s home and help them having a nice Christmas this year? It’s just one day of your life but it could really make wonders for your mood.
Try and see if it’s not better than remaining on your coach. Listen to me, help people in need and you Christmas depression will fade away in a snap. Go to your local church or other associations and ask them if you can help, they’ll be glad to have it.
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Now I’d like to know your opinion: am I right? Am I wrong? What do you think? How do you usually handle Christmas depression? Or other kinds of holiday depression? Do you think helping people in need can help you feel better?
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I wish you this Christmas to be better than the previous ones, but not as good as the next ones.