There are a number of common reasons that people experience symptoms of depression during the Christmas period:
- The commercialisation of Christmas
- The emphasis on gifts and money
- The emphasis on lots of perfect social gatherings
- Christmas can cause some people to self reflect and focus on what they don’t have.
- Christmas can also cause some people to compare their lives to other people who seem have more and do more.
- Some become anxious or depressed because of the pressure to spend alot of money on gifts and gatherings
- There are also people that dread Christmas because of the pressure to attend social events
- And of course there are many people that have feelings of loneliness at Christmas time because they have suffered the loss of loved ones
How to reduce symptoms of depression or anxiety during Christmas
So what should you do, if you're among those who get depressed at Christmas? Try some of the following:
- First, if the depression is serious, seek help from a professional such as Swan Valley Psychology.
- Set boundaries in regards to how much you spend on gifts
- Lower your expectations of Christmas and be present and enjoy each moment as best you can
- Become involved in giving in a non monetary way through charities and worthwhile causes that help less fortunate people
- Be grateful for what you have in your life
- Get out and do interesting and fun things
- If you are religious, take part in church activities that focus on the bigger meaning of Christmas
- Remember the good things about Christmas….the time spent with loved ones, the joy of giving.
Christmas can be a difficult time for many people in our society. If you are someone that experiences depression or anxiety during the Christmas period, seek help from a professional. Symptoms of depression may include feelings of worthlessness, difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, weight loss or gain, loss of interest or pleasure in things that you used to enjoy and feelings of fatigue. Depression and anxiety are conditions that can be treated, but seeking help can seem like a really big step to take. Contact Swan Valley Psychology if you think you may suffer from depression or anxiety. We can offer effective treatment, counselling and support.
For those of us who don't have difficulties at this time of year, remember to reach out to those who suffer from depression. If you know someone that gets depressed or anxious at Christmas time, offer lots of support and encouragement. If their mood continues to be low advise them to seek help.
Contact: Swan Valley Psychology
Shop 8 85 Walter Road East
Ph 08 93793580