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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Christmas Depression: Why Do We Feel Sad On These Dates?

Christmas It is always seen as a phase of union, love and happiness, but it is also one of the times of the year when sadness runs high, and in some cases, depression, We see these dates as negatives because of the stress of shopping and getting everything ready. If it is given, welfare Diario El Comercio spoke to Karina Otoya, a professor in the psychology program at UPC, who explained in detail what this sadness consists of and how we can handle it.

“More than a depression, it’s a negative mood Which is characterized by a lot of sadness, apathy, indifference or we may feel that we are not enjoying the celebration of the day”, commented the expert.

What makes us sad at Christmas?

Christmas depression is primarily characterized by having feelings shame, unwillingness to participate and disassociation, some people may have sleep disturbances such as insomnia or drowsiness, they may feel tired and sleepy throughout the day; and finally be changes in appetite, anger or irritability, According to Otoya there are several factors as to why a person may present these characteristics at Christmas:

  • It is sold as a time of confusion, union, joy and love: in Christmas, you may be living personal moments that express the opposite, there is confrontation Between all the hype and everything in the media and we usually compare ourselves to it, phrases like: “I should be happy and I’m not” or “This should be family bonding time, but we’re all fighting.”
  • It’s Stress Time: There are meetings, shopping, preparations, etc. Some people find it stressful to keep track of everything that is required for Christmas.

A Caucasian woman is indoors in her living room. There is a Christmas tree in the background. The woman is wearing warm clothes. She is sitting on the sofa and looking sad because she is alone on Christmas day.

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  • Economic issue: Christmas has commercial significance and consumerism is rampant. pressure to buy if they do not have the financial resources to complete what “should” be done You may feel bad or feel that you are not equal to others.
  • Regards: Adults often remember their childhood and grieve for something that is no longer there, such as their childhood or childhood loss of a family member,
  • Self Reflection: We start to wonder what has been done or what has been achieved in the year. There can be a feeling of satisfaction, but negative critical views can also fall on it.

How to handle the Christmas blues?

Otoya explains that this sadness is manageable and that there are ways to prepare for these difficult dates:

  1. Stay away from social media: It does not mean to run out of them, but to look at them critically. Not everything that is posted on the network actually happens to everyone.
  2. Enjoy what you have: try to enjoy the design of Christmas Which we have made and are keeping with our family. It may be a little, because we don’t have a good time, but We must learn to value what we have.
  3. Focus on the present: It is inevitable that memories appear on these dates, but focusing on what is no longer there or what has happened in the past will only really hurt us.
  4. Branch boundaries, If you don’t feel well to go to meetings this month, it is not necessary to attend all of them, everyone is free to decide what to do on these dates, especially if it is about mental and emotional health. Be in You have to take it more calmly, without overloading With meetings or purchases or loans.

It should be noted that older adults are the ones who are most likely to fall into depression during this time, so if there is an older adult, be it a grandparent, a parent, an uncle, who is spending it alone would be ideal include them That’s why they don’t think so.

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