December is a time when the whole world is celebrating with family and friends. Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or another holiday, the world is joyful and cheery. However, it might not always be the case for some people. It can worsen stress and anxiety. So while you might feel down during the holidays, I’m going to give you some tips on how you can manage your emotions during the winter season.
When it comes to the holidays, there are a lot of expectations that everything has to be “perfect” and these expectations can lead to stress. The idea that everything you do has to be flawless such as cooking and gift-wrapping can be overwhelming. To also add travel, financial issues and visiting family/friends is a whole other hassle.
A second reason why you could feel down during the festive time of year is because of seasonal depression. This type of depression falls upon people during the winter months which is due to daylight savings. This leads to the days becoming shorter and the weather becoming colder.
Holidays can also be a depressing time for people who have lost friends and/or family. The memory of these loved ones can upset you even more.
I’ve experienced holiday depression and there were times throughout the years where I couldn’t even celebrate Christmas due to a passing of a loved one or my mental state. There was even one Christmas where I cried at 2 am on Christmas Eve. And when I decided to go to therapy, that is when I learned to manage my depression and anxiety and cope with the pressures of the holidays.
So whether it’s one reason or another, here are five ways you can manage your mental health.
Throughout this season if you need help then please get in contact with your local helplines: