Christmas is a time when joy is prevalent, but some may
experience Christmas depression. During
Christmas, emotional arousal is high: Family and friends come together, or some
may be alone. Expectations are high and
one is compelled to feel bad if things don’t happen just right. There is also the stress in doing all the
shopping, decorating, and meal preparations.
Those who live in the northern hemisphere can find
themselves in the months of darkness, which brings the extra challenge of the
lack sunlight and vitamin D.
Feeling sad and low is normal, so we have to remember that the definition of depression is a state of
feeling low consistently for about two weeks or more without any signs of recuperating.
Causes of Christmas Depression
Here are a few causes of holiday depression:
Wishing family were closer
Coming together with family
Disagreements with family
Fights with family
Lack of sunlight
Vitamin D deficiency (caused by lack of sunlight)
Suffering from SAD (seasonal affective disorder), or winter
blues, also caused by lack of vitamin D.
Stress from shopping, decorating and preparing meals.
Stress from get-togethers and parties
Stress from not having where to go or who to spend time with
Most people go through at least one or some of the causes in the
above list; however, many people are able to overcome, and bounce back from the
issues and have a good time.
For those who stay depressed, we have a few very effective remedies for dealing with
How To Prevent Holiday Depression
Fortunately, depression is treatable, and we can prevent holiday depression in a few ways:
Exercise. If you do
not have a workout routine, start one and make sure you exercise at least 5
days a week. From brisk walks for 30
minutes, to a full weight exercise routine, it will all be beneficial for your
body to clean out the stress toxins.
Cut back on the sweets (processed sugar), caffeine and
alcohol. The holidays may be the hardest
time of the year to try to cut back on these items; however, we have to
consider that these items considerably increase the body’s propensity for
Have a thankfulness moment.
Write a list of 10 things in your life you are thankful for. This practice helps the mind shift
perspective and look at the positive in life.
Get some sun. If you
live in an area where is hard to find sunlight, get a SAD light. These lightboxes replicate the sunlight and are
very beneficial for producing vitamin D in your body. They come in different shapes and sizes and
usually only have to use them a few minutes a day.
So there you have it.
A set of effective ways to prevent Christmas depression and live a
fuller and happier life.
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