Two little considerations on Christmas and Holiday Depression
I’ve already written about holiday depression especially on Christmas but this time I want to stress different concepts: the first one is that you’re not wrong, the second one is that you’re not alone. Christmas, whatever your religious beliefs, is a period of happiness, cheerful, where everyone seems to be happy and merry. Is it strange that if there is something which makes you feel unhappy you feel a bit depressed? Not at all. Actually regarding holiday depression Christmas is the worst period of the year as it seems you’re the only one unhappy. which is simply not true. Warning: whatever your conditions, from major depression to just low mood always check with your doctor. Having said that
Is there anything wrong with you if you feel Holiday depression?
Probably not as there are reasons for this and you surely know what they are; things like having lost a loved one, or being alone and such. It’s not that you’re strange or different from others, it’s simply that something happened and that’s why when Christmas approaches you feel unhappy. You know the reasons for this but while feeling down can be natural or right there might be ways to feel better. There are really not good or wrong reasons to feel holiday depression, they are yours and they’re good for you otherwise you wouldn’t feel that way. But if you feel uneasy about it this probably means you’d like at least to feel a bit better. As I said on my other article doing something and keeping yourself occupied is your best bet as if your mind is busy doing something pleasurable then it has less time to think about what makes you suffer. Also staying with others and not alone, if that makes you feel well, is pretty good too. Clearly we’re all different so someone absorbs hits from life better or differently from someone else but the point is you’re not wrong just human. A human being with feelings.
Are you the only one feeling holiday depression?
Again, not at all. Many people in the world feel having a low mood at Christmas or other holidays, you’re not alone. Think about it for a moment; how many suffered a loss this year and will probably feel depressed this Christmas? Hundreds thousands? You bet. The difference might be that they have a different sensibility from you or maybe they’re not alone facing it but you are in good company. You’re not the only one unhappy. And if you’re not the only one then there are really no reasons to feel inadequate, it’s natural. Who wouldn’t having the same feelings you have? Clearly this doesn’t mean that you have to remain “glued” there and avoid doing something; in the case of having lost a loved one feeling better at Christmas doesn’t mean your love is decreased or vanished, you have simply gone on with life as everyone should do. But you’re not alone.
Well, I hope these two considerations will help with your holiday depression this Christmas and if you have a different opinion I’d like to hear from you.