Holidays are here and everyone is happy. Except maybe you are struggling with this ‘joyful’ time of year. Depression is a very real thing that hits people this time of year. When you suffer from depression, it can be hard to find your way back out. Happy holidays can feel like a farce when you feel miserable, seeing all the images of perfect people with their perfect packages and family gatherings. Only, nothing is ever perfect. Find some ways to escape this fictional story, let go of the holiday blues, and lean into your awesome reality that life is even better than you think.
The problem with idyllic images of perfect people and gatherings this season is that reality rarely, if ever, measures up to this fantasy world created by advertising agencies ready to take your money. Their industry thrives on your misery, making us think the more we consume, the happier we become. Some of the stress factors that can lead to you feeling the blues this season include:
- Stress from unrealistic expectations
- Comparison of how things used to be
- Distance from family and friends
- Overemphasis on one day instead of the season
- Financial pressure of buying gifts
- Overcommercialization of holiday season
- Lack of meaning
Holiday expectations easily collide with reality which can be really depressing for some people. Shopping, cooking, houseguests, family conflicts, debt, addiction struggles. There are many reasons to feel blue this season but there are also equal reasons to find more joy this season.
Signs of Depression
If you or a loved one may be struggling with depression, the following could occur:
- Excessive sleep
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Lack of purpose
- Inability to cope with challenges
- Suicidal tendencies or attempts
Depression can increase with the use of alcohol or drugs. It is also more common among males, especially professionals who are under a lot of stress.
There are so many ways to escape the holiday blues and get out of that rut. Talking with supportive friends and family can be very helpful. Professional counselors can also be supportive and provide a positive outlet for your feelings. They won’t go away on their own. Millions of people suffer from depression, so you are not alone. Don’t miss a chance to get on the happy holiday train by seeking help for addiction issues or other symptoms which can be contributing to your depression.
Oceanfront provides individualized care at our beachfront recovery community in Laguna Beach. Spend the holiday season getting help for your addiction so you can live a fulfilling, joyful life. We provide the best care and services possible to help you overcome addiction. Call us to find out how we can support your journey to recovery this season: 877-296-7477