During this time of year the air is filled with high expectations of joy and happiness and peace on earth good will to men. Well, for some, this simply isn’t the most wonderful time of the year. In fact, therapist of Salt Lake City Utah realize that holidays can have a way of causing the blues and even trigger depression. Many refer to this as The Holiday Blues keep reading to pinpoint causes of these gloomy feelings and some ways you can try to cope.
Causes of Holiday Blues
There can be many reasons why people feel down during the holidays, below describes the most common.
Holidays can remind people of family issues that are unresolved
Trying to live up to the expectation of “holiday cheer” and ignoring lonely, sad or depressed feelings
Holidays can make it difficult to cope with family changes especially divorce or death
If we come from a painful childhood, holidays can bring back painful memories
If we are away from family and friends we can feel lonely and isolated from others.
Having unrealistic expectations put on you by yourself or others.
Coping with Holiday Blues
Have an escape. Family can cause a lot much stress during the holidays, be sure to have a
> Surround yourself with people who care about you.
> Stay Active. Go for a walk or run.
> If you are religious, read the scriptures and contemplate the spiritual significance of the holidays. This will help put things in perspective.
> Volunteer. Helping others less fortunate can help you feel more fulfillment and not feel as isolated from people.
> Lower expectations for yourself. Evaluate expectations for yourself and ask if they are realistic.
> Accept feelings of sadness, sometimes these feelings are not just caused by the holidays and fighting them may not help them go away.
> Focus on the good things in your life now instead of worrying about the future or dwelling on the past.
> Be sure to say no when needed. Overbooking yourself will make you feel more stress and resentful.
> Get help if you need. Don’t be ashamed if you need help. Corner Canyon Counseling is here when you need.
Winter Blues, or Something More?