So everyone has hopefully made it to Christmas without too much trouble. Now that the day is arriving, many are about ready to crash via SAD (seasonal affective disorder), according to Tech Times on Wednesday. It’s a sort of depression that has been studied by experts and may very well be hitting you or someone you know. Thanks to the studies and experts involved with them, there are some ways to deal with the depression that comes with Christmas for many people.
Of course, there are medications to deal with depression, but studies show that meds only help about 60 percent of the people who turn to them. So, looking beyond the notorious meds is very necessary to help persons who experience depression. Instead of the meds – or in addition to meds – there is light therapy which works for some people. Within the suggestions for light therapy to conquer the holiday blues, it has been found that overeating can be the source of a person’s anxiety during the holidays. For those who have chronic stress anyway, overeating triggers more stress and depression. Related to that eating concern, probiotics – which can keep your inners clean – are known to improve a mood, even for people who say they are usually in a decent mood anyway. Probiotics can be found in certain foods as well as in supplements. Therefore, they might be a good addition to your daily intake during the stressful holiday season.
Another easement for Christmas depression is talking. The experts say that the depressed could talk to someone. So, it may be a good time to find a friend to spend a bit of time with. Then interact with some chat to get your mind off your depressed mood.
Don’t want to talk to anyone because the conversations just don’t seem to go right? Understandable. There are still things you can do to occupy yourself during the holiday. Some restaurants are open where you can spend time out of the house. Some stores like Walgreens and CVS refuse to close – ever, and therefore shopping is a possibility. Movie theaters do a huge business during the Christmas holidays and you could be one of the people taking in a movie. Casinos, surprising to some, are quite crowded during Christmas and have restaurants as well as some entertaining activities offered at times. Particularly for those finding themselves extremely depressed late at night, casinos are open all night.
And no matter where you go, when the sun goes down – early at this time of year – a tour of a neighborhood to view Christmas decorations can be an enlightenment of the spirits. One who finds Christmas difficult to cope with at times due to depression might take a moment to think of the reason Christmas exists – and go to church or some type of religious event to occupy himself until the depression diminishes.
Naturally, if you’re beyond finding assistance for your depression via the simple and possibly obvious suggestions like talking to someone, watching what you’re eating or drinking, or getting out of the house, remember that the stigma that formally accompanying depression no longer exists as it once did. Seeking professional help may be the answer. The first place one might look for help could be right at his fingertips – online. In fact, a search for “depression” or “Christmas depression” will probably bring up enough information for a person to spend his whole day reading on the subject.
Christmas depression is written about by a good number of people who either can relate or who are concerned for people who have depression during the holidays. An opinion in the Daily Journal is interesting because the writer seems to have more than many people have for experiencing a happy Christmas – but he still feels quite depressed on Christmas. He has a place to go with a sister to visit, but feels that Christmas signifies the end of something and results in sadness in his life. The people who actually experience depression during the holidays may surprise you. The feelings of loneliness and sadness don’t often seem logical to others, but the horrendous feelings of depression are there for many.