Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and happiness. But not everyone feels happy at Christmas. Special Holidays like Christmas can make depression even harder to bear.
These are all things that can make you feel worse and are likely to come to the forefront at Christmas time:
- Family tensions
- Money worries
The social aspect of Christmas can also be difficult for those with depression.
- Invitations to parties
- Catching up with family and friends
- Attending work functions
These may be the last thing you feel like doing when just functioning day to day is a struggle.
What can you do if you feel depressed at Christmas?
- Don’t expect everything to be perfect because it is Christmas, what you see on TV and in movies is not real life.
- Set boundaries, on money spent, gifts given or functions attended, whatever makes you feel less stressed.
- Even though you might not feel like celebrating, don’t isolate yourself from people who care about you.
- Do some nice things for you, not just for others.
If you feel like you need to talk to someone about how you are feeling
- Find a counsellor
- Call Samaritans 13 52 47
- Call Lifeline 13 11 14
- Contact your church’s pastor or priest
If your depression is serious seek help from your G.P. or a mental health professional as soon as possible for treatment for depression.
Article By: Vision Counselling and Psychology, Perth Western Australia
Web Address: www.visioncounselling.com.au
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