Holiday Depression: Beating the Holiday Blues

Once again the holidays are upon us, for many, is a time of year filled with happiness and joy. But for others, it is a time filled with sadness, self-reflection, loneliness, and anxiety. And it’s no wonder. In an effort to pull off a perfect holiday, you might find yourself balancing a dizzying array of demands – shopping, parties, family obligations, cooking, and cleaning, which may contribute to feeling of being overwhelmed and increasing tension.

We’re supposed to look forward to the holidays and hope that they will be a time of happiness, friendliness, fellowship, and harmony. However, unfortunately despite this, the holidays can also lead to depression and overall unhappiness rightfully known as the “holiday blues.” The holiday blues can result when one experiences amplified levels of stress that often come with the anxiety of the usual expectations during this time. People may also develop other stress responses such as headaches, excessive drinking, over-eating and difficulty sleeping.

According to the National Mental Health Association, reasons for feeling blue around the holidays are numerous. They range from fatigue, a result of all of the increased holiday activity, to financial limitations and family tensions. Experts say one of the fastest routes to holiday depression is unrealistic expectations.

Don’t let all of the pressures of shopping, coordinating social functions, negotiating family issues and missing lost loved ones overwhelm you this holiday season. There are a number of things you can do to keep stress, anxiety and depression at bay:

If despite your best efforts to remain upbeat this holiday season, you find yourself feeling down for a sustained period of time, get help. Don’t try to “tough it out” alone. Creative Care located in Los Angeles, CA would honor the opportunity to help you, please contact us today for more information on depression treatment centers.

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