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The Lowdown on Yuletide Depression

By Edited Jun 22, 2015 0 1

The three main causes prompting elevated stress and depression during the yuletide season are relationships, finances, and physical demands. Finding out about the what's and why's of these triggers could be a natural antidepressant in itself, providing you with a little bit of strength in facing the harsh reality they bring.

Ironically, Christmas, the merriest time of the year, is also the most stressful and depressing time of the year. What should have been the warmest, most pleasant, and most memorable gathering with our friends and loved ones could sadly turn out to be the exact opposite for some people: those who do not have friends and loved ones to celebrate the holidays with. The height of the yuletide mirth itself could highlight that very urgent need for having supportive and loving people around us. However, there are occasions wherein some of us may not be so lucky as to have people around to fulfill this vital need. Thus, we end up facing the bad truth and one of the most commonly painful reality we all have to deal with at times: loneliness.

The stark contrast between the holiday theme of "family" or "togetherness" could prove to be too much at times that it comes as no surprise that the rate of suicide rises during the holiday season or right after it. There are three main stimulants prompting elevated stress and depression during the yuletide season: relationships, finances, and physical demands. Learning about the what's and why's of these triggers could be a natural antidepressant in itself, giving you a little bit of strength in facing the harsh reality they bring. Also, it could help you come up with effective methods in preparing yourself how to handle them should you be unfortunate enough to deal with them.


No relationship can ever be deemed perfect. Any person involved in a relationship has his/her own shortcomings as well as good points, which could either contribute to the progress or destruction of the relationship, depending on how they use these during their interactions. Equally ironic as the social truth surrounding the holiday season is the fact that relationships could be both a source of extreme bliss and extreme disappointment. Worse, the glad tidings and festivities prevalent during this time of the year could highlight the loneliness all the more. Conflicts arising from misunderstandings and the variation in personalities involved could amplify the sadness. And for people who are detached or isolated from their loved ones, loneliness confronts them directly in the face.


Finances is another major source of stress that can strike us any time throughout the year just like relationships. Blowing your budget in an effort to please everyone during the holidays can also rocket your stress to debilitating heights. Attempting to keep up with tradition at the same time forcing yourself to make ends meet could contribute greatly to your stress, thus, driving you to the edge of depression.

Physical Demands

The holiday rush, non-stop partying, and exhausting preparations could deplete your body's energy level. The physical exhaustion amplifies your stress, which in turn increases your fatigue, and what comes out is a vicious cycle that could drag you nowhere else but down. The frenzy included in the preparations and actual celebrations could rob you of your time for sleep and exercise. All in all, the combined stress brought on by the demands of the season, intemperance with food and drinks, and lack or absence of sleep and exercise would take its toll on your overall physical health and well-being.



Jan 9, 2009 2:16pm
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