For many people, the holidays are the happiest times of the year. However, for some, it’s the complete opposite. The hustle and the bustle during the holiday season can cause stress, anxiety, and loneliness.
Why We Get Depressed During the Holidays
There are several reasons why depression is common during the holidays. These include:
- Social isolation
Social isolation is the most common reason for the holiday blues. This is usually the case for those who have a small social circle or those with little to no opportunities for social interaction. It’s easy for these people to view those who are with their family or friends as happier than they are. They may even ask themselves, “why can’t that be me?”
- Unrealistic expectations
The excessive commercialization of the holidays and the perfect holiday depicted by many TV shows and ads can make some people set unrealistic expectations for the season. And when these expectations are not met, they end up disappointed and depressed.
- Never-ending to-do list
The holiday season can create fear and a heightened pressure on those who are trying to do so much. Coupled with perfectionism, those with a never-ending to-do list can easily feel defeated even with the slightest mistake in doing something. They feel like they already disappointed the people around them and that they’re always bound for failure.
What to Do
If you’re already starting to feel the holiday blues, then know that there are ways to help in alleviating it.
- Try to reduce your stress
Try to reduce your stress. You can do this by limiting your commitments and family activities, setting limits on your holiday purchases, and setting realistic expectations for the season.
- Continue your healthy practices
Eating healthy and engaging in regular physical activity are shown to help in reducing your risk of mood problems.
- Join support groups
Seeking help from a counselor or support group can provide you with social support during this vulnerable time of the year.
If depression is something you experience outside of the holiday season, it may be time to think about other options. NeurOasis specializes in TMS therapy. TMS therapy, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a safe, effective, and noninvasive way of managing the symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.
Contact us to find out how we can help you cope with the holiday depression