Depression can strike for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately for some, the holidays bring reasons for sadness rather than joy. Knowing how to fight back might help.
Loneliness during the Holidays
Most people consider the holidays a reason to gather together and enjoy the company of friends and family. If you are alone during the holidays, the idea that you should be with others might cause depression. Wishing for the companionship of others during the holidays is not uncommon. Many people flock home for one or all of the seasonal events. Often, we cannot visit our loved ones and favorite friends. If you find you are facing a lonely holiday this year, call nearby friends and find out what they are doing. You can plan a holiday celebration together if they do not have other plans. If not, your local community might have events you could attend. Lastly, you can create a warm holiday of your own. Keep in mind the holidays carry predetermined ideas for behavior. Hooah4Life.com, a website dedicated to army personnel, suggests casting aside expectation that you should feel a specific way during a holiday.
Outgrowing the Holidays
One common reason for depression during the holidays is the loss of childhood sensations. Christmas, Thanksgiving, and the other hallmarks of the season bring with them warm childhood memories. When you grow older, you may realize you no longer feel the thrill you once experienced. It’s a good idea to consider that adulthood has perks and freedoms that childhood does not. A tradeoff exists between useful experience and youthful elation. You might try making the most of the wisdom you have gained by creating an exciting holiday for others, especially if you have children.
Activities to Beat Holiday Depression
Some activities you might try when battling holiday blues are:
- Attending community-sponsored holiday events
- Decorating the place where you live
- Planning a holiday event with friends
- Joining a local club that will keep you in good company over the holidays
- Taking a mini-vacation
Asking for Help
If you are feeling blue, don’t keep it to yourself. Talk to friends and family about your emotions. You many also benefit from professional counseling. Many HCA East Florida hospitals offer behavioral health services. You can receive a physician referral by contacting the Consult-A-Nurse line at 866-442-2362.
Whether you are asking a friend or consulting a professional practitioner, remember that it is OK to seek assistance from others. Getting help may be one of the best ways to manage your depression.