Why Do I Get So Depressed During the Holidays?

December 23rd, 2019 in General Counselling

The “Holiday Blues” or Holiday depression is a real thing. It seems counter-intuitive, as the Holiday season is supposed to bring happiness and cheer, but this is not always the case. There are many reasons that you find yourself getting depressed during the holidays.

Loneliness or Loss

Loneliness is often a key cause of depression during the holiday season. This is often more common in individuals who do not have a significant other, or are living far away from family. Feelings of loneliness can also be exasperated if you have recently (or even not-so-recently) experienced the loss of a loved one. These feelings are inflated during the holiday season, especially when you may see everyone else looking so happy and content, and not have that same feeling yourself.

Stress and Demands

People may also experience winter depression due to the added stress and demands of the season. For some, this may be added financial pressure in making sure kids and family receive expected gifts. There may also be the added demands of being expected to attend Christmas parties and family events which can cause further stress for certain individuals.

What Can be Done?

The help with seasonal depression, it is important to recognize the cause. While the previously mentioned causes are some of the more common ones, there are many more reasons you may feel depressed. A counsellor will be able to work with you to uncover the cause and develop strategies to help with coping and healing. Trust Kuldip Counselling to help you with your seasonal depression.