This season there is just one golden rule for Christmas 2015: stay away from post-holiday depression. Psychiatrists have made a list of dos and don’ts that people can apply this year to fight off the dreadsome Christmas blues that many people suffer from.
The “Christmas Blues”, as it is often non-academically called, is a medical condition causing people to experience negative feelings and thoughts towards their lives around winter holidays. These people are often associated to the famous fictional character Grinch simply because they don’t like Christmas and they can’t wait for it to be over.
But what is it that causes these negative feelings? During a 1982 comprehensive study on Christmas Depression, researchers have identified all the possible factors of this psychological condition. The study included the analysis of 170 research papers which have been published in the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature. 147 articles were written on depression cases occurring during the past ten years, whereas the other 21 focused primarily on the Christmas depression syndrome.
At the end of the scientific enquiry, researchers have made up a list of mistakes that people make during the Christmas season causing them to get depressed. Most people get stressed around the holiday season because they do not have enough money to properly celebrate holidays. Others, on the other hand, are too upset that the spiritual meaning of Christmas has fallen into oblivion as a result of commercialization.
Surprisingly, social gatherings can have an overwhelming influence on people, depending on the persons they will spend their time with. Most depressive symptoms seem to arise when people are forced to attend unpleasant family reunions. The desire to attain an ideal impression of Christmas (as represented by the media) is another cause of depressive thoughts. Most patients, however, have attempted suicide because they felt too lonely around the Christmas holiday, especially those without a romantic partner.
Psychiatrists think there are various solutions to all these pessimistic feelings. First of all, people should stop comparing themselves with other families. This practice can only have negative consequences as people usually focus on the downsides of their lives instead of rejoicing themselves for what they have.
The second solution for Christmas depression is to avoid uncomfortable social gatherings. Who says you have to be a part of Christmas reunions and parties, if you don’t even like the thought of it? This year, try something new: spend the Christmas as home doing what you like, when you like and stop stressing about Christmas Party menus, Christmas presents and Christmas expenses.
Last, but not least, surround yourself by good friends and family members that make you feel positive about yourself and about your life. Stay away as much as possible from pessimistic people as they can bring even the jolliest persons down.
Remember: there are no rules on how people are supposed to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It’s all how you want it to be, as long as it makes you happy.
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