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Holiday Depression and How to Beat It

Have you ever heard of holiday depression? The term might be new, but the feeling is as old as holiday cheer…

In my opinion, the holiday season is a time of cheer spent with family and friends…

And while I may eat a little too much here or there, it’s mostly a healthy time.

However, I know that there are many people out there (including some of my readers), for whom the holidays are not such a fun time…

That’s because they suffer from holiday depression or anxiety – a condition that’s actually quite common…

And one that I thought deserves to be the focus of today’s article…

Not only for those that are going through rough periods while other people celebrate…

But also for those of us that enjoy the holidays… as our compassion and understanding can make a major difference in their experience of the season…

And one of the most important questions to understand is…

Who Has Holiday Depression and Why Do They Have It?

portrait of a sad senior woman

Unfortunately, there’s no one reason that the people you know may have heightened anxiety or feelings of depression around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s…

In fact, there’s an extremely wide range of causes, including…

  • Financial stress from feeling obligated to buy presents
  • An intensely commercialized atmosphere
  • Not being able to spend time with friends or family
  • Feeling alone or socially isolated

And many people experience holiday depression as a form of grieving after the death of a loved one…

But regardless of the reason, the truth is that it can be extremely difficult emotionally, especially when everyone around you seems even happier than usual…

And there’s really no typical risk factors to say whether or not you might be more likely to develop these seasonal feelings.

Now, as varied as the reason might be, the manifestations of holiday sadness can be equally diverse, ranging from very mild to severe and life-threatening. Some common symptoms of holiday depression are…

  • Increased alcohol consumption
  • Anti-social tendencies like avoiding meeting friends
  • Overeating
  • Insomnia
  • Stress headaches
  • Increased negativity
  • Suicidal thoughts

Or any of a million other signs!

So, what can you do if you’re facing holiday depression?

Well, that’s what the rest of this article will be about…

How to Treat Your Holiday Depression

sad blonde woman with glasses

Like you may have guessed, there’s no one magic answer for every case of holiday depression…

And if you’re like most people, then it will take an individual solution created through trial and error before you see your mentality start to change…

However, I do have a universal starting point to share – it all begins with you.

You know yourself better than anyone else and so only you can answer the following questions:

  • How much social interaction do you want (or can you handle)?
  • What’s your limit for holiday event organizing and responsibility?
  • What’s your financial situation this holiday season?

In my experience, a large part of seasonal depression comes from people taking on too much responsibility or simply trying to do too much during the holidays…

And what happens is that they get overwhelmed

Whether it’s from…

  • Continual crowds of people
  • Having to cook multiple meals every day
  • Trying to squeeze in a visit to all your friends and family
  • Gift-buying

And once you get to that stage of being overwhelmed, then it’s similar to a point of no return…

Where most people just shut down emotionally or mentally and just trudge through the rest of their holidays without enjoyment.

And it can happen to anyone…

We’ve all over-extended at some point in time… and dealt with the negative effects it can cause…

But for some people, trying to do too much or being overwhelmed by the holidays isn’t just a one-time thing – it’s something they can count on like clockwork when the season rolls around…

Stop the Sadness Cycle Now!

suggestive stop sign

If you find that holiday depression coming back year after year, then my advice to you…

Is to rebuild your tradition of seasonal stress and anxiety by forging new traditions in their place…

And the good news is that there are actually many different ways to do exactly that…

The idea is that you’re going to physically do something new that prevents you from your usual mental and emotional cycle that comes up during this time. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Volunteer – The holiday season is the perfect time to help those less fortunate and there are more opportunities now than ever. Look for soup kitchens and homeless holiday meals, gift drives, or other charitable organizations that could use an extra hand.
  • Go Out – If your holiday depression is characterized by days spent at home with zero person-to-person interaction, try going to a cafe every morning for a coffee or visiting the supermarket once a day to pick up something small. Even just seeing other faces can have a positive effect.
  • Catch Up – Make the holidays your time for catching up with friends and family. Send a message or call someone you haven’t spoken to recently at least once a day during the holiday season just to let them know you’re thinking about them.

By physically putting yourself in a different situation, you’re being open to emotional and mental changes that often come as a result…

And help lift you out of your common negative cycle during the holidays.

Glad Tidings and Good Cheer!

Christmas family dinner

I’m sure you’re well aware that the holidays can mean different things to different people…

And with that in mind, please make sure that you’re taking the time to understand those that have difficulties during the festive season…

Sometimes, even the smallest effort like inviting a friend to dinner that appears to be withdrawn can have a hugely positive effect on their health…

Whether you realize it or not…

The holidays are almost over this year, so if you’d like to make a difference for someone struggling with seasonal depression…

Then the time to act is now!

If you want some extra help with your anxiety or depression, I recommend you…

Brain Max Depression and Anxiety Supplement

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