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The Holiday Blues vs Depression

Written by Steven Brand on . Posted in Blog, Roswell Therapist

The Holiday Blues

No it’s not a song on Bruce Springsteen’s latest album. It’s an issue millions of people struggle with.

Did you know 2/3 of women report they are depressed around the holidays? (NWHRC Study)

I think this is due in part to expectations and internalizing that they are not meeting them. Every year women think, “this year, I will get it all done”. But then so quickly December 25th sneaks up and the time has passed. Part of getting out of this rut is giving yourself …

GRACE.

Grace to get up and try again.

Grace to say, “I can’t do it anything and it’s going to be okay” or grace to say, “ I will do a little bit and accept that it is enough”.

Grace that Christmas isn’t about looking “perfect” or acting “perfect” on social media.

Grace that Christmas is only about love.

And sharing love, even in small doses.

JOY

You would be surprised how good you will feel if you made 3 people smile today. Try it!

This is especially true if you know someone who suffers from depression, it isn’t necessarily your job to make them happy, but acknowledging that they matter and sharing a little encouragement can go a long way.

A solution to turning your holiday blues around is to not spend the entire time isolated if this is your struggle.

“Social isolation is one of the biggest predictors of depression, especially during the holidays. … People who have feelings of disconnectedness often avoid social interactions at holiday time. Unfortunately, withdrawing often makes the feelings of loneliness and symptoms of depression worse.“

Small doses of getting out and participating can give you a sense of accomplishment. Driving by some lights or attending a candle light service is enough.

Find some joy this holiday by giving joy. And if you can’t give joy because of where you are at…

It’s going to be okay.

You are enough. There is plenty of grace to go around.

Merry Christmas.
Steve Brand, Roswell Therapist

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