Not everyone experiences joy in the holiday season
Despite the palpable holiday cheer in public spaces, many people find this time of year difficult. Struggling with lack of joy during the holiday season is more common than you think. Depression rates tend to increase as a result of many contributing factors.
“Holiday blues” is a real term that describes an authentic and human phenomenon. The focus of the holiday season is supposed to be family, presents, goodwill towards all and gratitude for what we have. But for somebody dealing with financial stress, family conflict, or a difficult breakup, this time of year can trigger a lot of negative and complex emotions.
If you’re somebody struggling with depression or anxiety, the high expectations and responsibilities of the holidays can trigger or increase those feelings. Family time can bring up painful memories from the past, or emphasize the loss of a loved one. The absence of somebody we loved can be incredibly hurtful and overwhelming during the holidays.
How to combat the holiday blues
Chances are, the more you strive to achieve feelings of happiness, the further you’ll feel from that joy. It’s important to acknowledge and respect your feelings rather than resist them.
Instead of forcing joy and cheer, try to just spend some time doing something you love, either with people who make you feel comfortable or on your own. A walk alone in nature or curling up on the couch with a good book can give you the kind of nurturing and self-care you need. Be kind to yourself, and try giving yourself the space to feel and move on. Engage in self-care and enjoyable activities.
Every time period comes with its unique blessings and challenges. It is always helpful to accept, validate, and listen to your inner voice.
Reach out for help
Reaching out to trusted friends, family members, or professionals can help you feel better equipped to embrace the holiday season. For compassionate and effective therapy in Georgia, you can call Dr. Crump today, or just fill out the form and click Send.