5 Reasons Why People Feel Depressed on Christmas

It’s Christmas and the time of the year when everyone is celebrating and buying and exchanging gifts with each other. Santa comes and bestows everyone’s secret desires and wishes, and spreads cheer, happiness, and joy around. Everyone gets busy shopping and exchanging Christmas wishes with friends and loved ones. Shopping centers are abuzz with lots of activity, joy is palpable and everything comes alive.

Feel Depressed on Christmas

While Christmas is a beacon of joy and happiness for most, there are few who somehow can’t feel as much enthusiasm or excitement as their fellow friends or family members. While everyone tries hard to make the most of the festive season, and have lots of fun and frolic, for few Christmas brings along sadness as well as despair. But why?

Here are top 5 reasons why few people feel depressed around Christmas –

  • Blame the winters without Sun – Do you feel a little down when it’s too cold and chilly and no sun outside. For few, it’s just to do with the weather that adversely affects their mood. Generally called Seasonal Affective Disorder, the syndrome affects over 10% of the population. These people naturally feel depressed and can’t feel as excited as everyone else, thanks to the gloomy weather.
  • Unrealistic Expectations on Self  Are you shooting yourself for not having achieved the goals that you had set out for yourself at the onset of the year. As the year comes to a close, few might reflect a little too hard and think of all the lost opportunities or unmet desires. While everyone else seems to have accomplished all they wished, few feel a little disappointed for the things they have missed out on or could not achieve.
  • Too afraid to socialize – Not happy about having to visit the social gatherings or all the parties being thrown in by family or friends? For someone who is a bit of a loner, and tends to socialize little, Christmas might trigger a sudden pang of social anxiety. Who likes to be a wallflower standing in the corner and avoiding every opportunity of having to converse with someone. Little wonder that Christmas adds too much of pressure on these socially avoidant souls.
  • Don’t have enough money for everyone’s Gifts – Christmas might add woes to those who just don’t have enough money to buy expensive gifts for every friend or the family member. Many find themselves planning for Christmas few months in advance just to save enough money to spend on gifts, yet miss the target.
  • Loss of a loved one or a job – There are few who are mourning the loss of a loved one, and hence can’t feel the excitement & fervour of the holiday season. And there are other few who have recently lost their jobs and can’t feel the joy around while their minds are shrouded with fear and anxiety. Whether you have lost a loved one or a job, it’s difficult to connect with those who are celebrating while you are in pain or living in uncertainty.

While Christmas might not feel that joyful or merry to everyone, but it’s definitely one occasion that spreads a lot of positivity and hope around. Whatever be the reason for you not making the most of this holiday season, just remember that the difficult days shall pass, and brighter days are just around the corner.

We hear you and if you feel it’s getting too much for you, feel free to speak with us. We are just a call away! Together we can definitely find the Silver Lining to all your pain and sorrow!

Merry Christmas!


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