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What You Should Know About Holiday Depression

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is Rolling Around the Corner.

Norah Ludke and Abigail Ernst

Holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, however, for some people, it is anything but. This is called Holiday Depression.

Depression can occur anytime during the year, but anxiety, stress, and sadness during the months of November and December may cause usually happy people to experience depression. 

Many factors can influence holiday depression such as social isolation, grieving the loss of a loved one, family drama, politics, financial worries, and listening to Christmas music too early. Another factor is SAD or seasonal affective disorder which is caused by lack of sunlight. 

Along with anxiety and depression, Christmas music can cause a lack of focus. In a study by Linda Blair, people who work in Christmas shops have to tune out music due to Christmas music causing lack of focus.  

In order to avoid these holiday blues, plan ahead and spend time figuring out how you can care for your mind and body during this time. For example, come up with restorative routines, such as reading a book during downtimes or napping when necessary.

As difficult as it is, try to avoid family conflict as much as possible. When confronted with conflict, prepare a neutral response, such as “Let’s talk about this another time” or “I can see how you would feel this way”. 

Another strategy to reduce the risk of holiday depression is giving to charity. Try donating some old clothes or volunteering at a soup kitchen. Helping others can help you feel better about yourself.

During the holidays, we tend to notice the loss of a loved one. It is important to learn how to grieve and look for help. It also helps to talk to a trusted friend, family member, or reach out to a support group.

Another way to make yourself happier during the months of November and December is exercising. Go for a run in the park or try a yoga class! Exercise has been proven to improve mood. For example, taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day will make you feel refreshed and more content.

During the weeks leading up to major holidays, we tend to binge on heavy food. The more you eat, the more guilty you will feel afterward. Many doctors recommend preparing healthy meals to lead up to the big holiday feast.

If you feel like you can not possibly sit through one more family gathering, it is completely fine to sit them out. Taking time for yourself is important to maintain a positive mental attitude and outlook on life.

Holiday depression is a serious illness that affects thousands during the months of November and December. Our advice is to take time for your self, restrain from over-extending yourself by going to too many events, avoid family conflict, and do something to help charity. It is important to remember that it is ok to feel sad, but if you have suicidal thoughts, go get professional help*. Happy holidays! 

*National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

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