Psychotherapy

The phenomenon of depression during the holidays, recognize and overcome

New Year, Christmas, festive mood! And, unfortunately, it is not all. Some of the people experiencing some exhaustion, feeling unwell, and even symptoms of depression during the Christmas and New Year holidays. Why is this happening? How to prevent the development of problems?

Causes “holiday” of depression

The World Health Organization defines depression as one of the major diseases of modern urban society. And why depression is often developing during mass events? This phenomenon are rather simple explanation. 

Lonely man who has few or no friends and relatives, it is difficult to observe preparations for the festive family his friends. Visible things worse universal access to someone else’s private life because of wide spread social networks. That situation arises, you can see photos and videos of our happy life, but can not take part in it. His lonely existence with a man often appears pale, expressionless.

Christmas and New Year holidays in the middle of winter, when a person suffers from weakened immunity, seasonal diseases, it lacks sun and heat. All this can also trigger depression. 

Holiday depression can be associated with unreasonable expectations. After training was conducted for so long and carefully and holidays passed, and start again everyday. As a result, people only remember the endless preparation and exhaustion did not understand why all this is needed. Life seems meaningless and useless. 

During the holidays significantly disrupted daily routine, we eat a lot of junk food, a little moving, often abuse alcohol. This affects not only the physical but also the psychological condition.

Some people suffer from seasonal effective disorder, the peak of which falls in the middle of winter. If the mood of the year worsened in December and does not improve after the holidays, you should seek help from a therapist. Possible cause winter depression – lack of light and heat.

How to recognize depression?

Understand that you or your loved ones depression can be the following symptoms:

  • Chronic anxiety, nervous tension, apathy and futility of life.
  • Irritability.
  • Dissatisfaction themselves and their lives, reduced self-esteem.
  • Reducing the interest of others, indifference to everything.
  • Sleep Disorders: Insomnia, or, conversely, excessive sleepiness.
  • Loss of appetite or overeating.
  • Reduced sex drive.
  • Increased fatigue, general weakness.
  • Poor concentration.
  • Avoid contact with other people, the desire to be alone.
  • Slowness of thought.
  • Thoughts of suicide (in the most severe cases).

How to prevent depression during the holidays?

To prevent the development of depression during the holidays is quite real. For this it is necessary to adequately assess the situation and their overall health. Do not expect anything from holidays incredible and unforgettable, they usually pass quickly, giving way everyday. 

Take full responsibility for organizing events, sharing of responsibilities among others. 

Do not compare your life to the life of others. Remember, you still do not know how they really are. Happy photos from social networks can often cover other family problems and personal disappointment. But Learn how to be happy for others, envy no good does not. 

More help each other. The feeling that you need someone, can keep you from depression.

If you acutely feel the lack of sun and heat, fight the problem. More walk outdoors, in a park forest. Ride-country skiing, sledding, zihrivaytesya tea and hot soup. Remember, your mood much you create yourself. 

Depression – a disease, so if it still occurred, it should help to cope specialist. Depressive disorders during the holidays – a common phenomenon, which, however, quite possible to resist.