14 Ways To Cope With Anxiety And Depression On Christmas

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The twelve days of Christmas are filled with joy, merriment, and good old Christmas cheer. It’s the season of love, peace, and happiness. It’s the one time of the year when we get off work, spend time with our families, dash for some last-minute shopping, eat and drink, go to parties and family get-togethers, enjoy gifts, and celebrate a perfect Christmas. But, many of us may be experiencing holiday depression.

For many of us, the holidays are a time filled with anxiety and depression. Christmas stress and anxiety can often intensify feelings of sadness among those suffering from depression. But doing a few things can help you cope with anxiety and depression.

“Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” – Calvin Coolidge

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Why Christmas Can Be Depressive

“The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right.
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.”
- Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Contrary to popular belief, a lot of people feel stress, anxiety, and depression during the holidays. And most of these people, including me, have some good reasons for hating Christmas.

If you take a good look at the way Christmas is celebrated, you will find numerous surprising reasons that can lead to anxiety instead of happiness and joy. Elements like loneliness, loss of a family member, estrangement, toxic families, financial woes, work pressure, and traumatic experiences during the holiday season can add to the unpleasant feeling of stress.

Moreover, the pressure to enjoy the perfect Christmas can trigger depression and anxiety further.

Some of the most common reasons for feeling anxious during Christmas include:

  • Financial worries
  • Family problems
  • Loneliness
  • Health issues
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Longing for happier memories from the past
  • Unemployment
  • Christmas environment & features
  • Anxiety about social situations
  • Festive workload
  • Excessive expectations
  • Additional household chores
  • Pressure for celebrating the perfect Christmas
  • Commercialization of the holidays

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Many people feel isolated and anxious about social gatherings during Christmas. Moreover, others feel compelled to buy new presents, outfits, and other festive essentials that impact their already dwindling bank balance.

However, despite how common depression is around this time of year, most of us choose to suffer in silence. And those who want to speak out and seek help are unable to find any. It has been observed that during the festive season even with high demands, mental health services operate with reduced staff. Due to the lack of proper professional support, most of the requests for help are left unmet.

Coping With Holiday Anxiety And Depression

“Depression is useful. It signals that you need to make changes in your life, it challenges your tendency to withdraw, it reminds you to take action.” – Gloria Anzaldua

With stress running high inside you while the holiday cheer warms everyone else’s hearts, you need to find some effective strategies to manage your stress, anxiety, and depression on Christmas holidays to protect your emotional and mental well-being.

Here are a few tips to cope with anxiety and depression on Christmas and during the holidays:

1. Plan ahead

Make some time to figure out how you can stay in a healthy mental space during this period. Set up some restorative routines that make you feel better and note them down on a calendar. Make sure to stick to your routine despite how busy you get during the festive season.

Knowing the basics and making them a priority can be of great help. Plan ahead for shopping, cooking, and visiting family and friends. Once you know what you will have to go through, you will be better prepared to face the holiday depression, and you will find it easier to cope with anxiety.

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Theo Harrison

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