Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Blues

Why do I always feel sad during Christmas? If you feel you’re suffering from a holiday blues, and you had been wondering why you’re feeling that way when everyone’s happy, check out the list I made.

1. Season reminds you of previous holidays when something tragic or traumatic happened—your brother died etc.—which you cannot help remembering every holiday season.

2. The season reminds you of past holidays which were much more happy, carefree, and problem-free.

3. The expectation from everyone that you “should” be happy during the holidays puts pressure on you to be so. This only means, more stress and more anxious when you’re not as happy as you think you “should” be.

4. Christmas falls on that time of the year when the days are shorter and the nights longer. The effect of sunlight on people’s moods has been proven to be a cause of a clinical disorder—seasonal affective disorder (SAD)—which has been included in the list of mood disorders known to affect certain people. The gray, sunless mornings make people sad. The lack of bright sunlight during the day and the fact that dusk falls much earlier really depresses people vulnerable to light.
5. Christmas is a time for family get-togethers. Thus, increasing the probability of family blow-ups when unresolved conflicts may play themselves out once more.

6.      You may be clinically depressed for endogenous (internal) reasons. Such reasons are usually due to a biogenetic and/or physiological vulnerability to depression, which may have nothing directly to do with Christmas but just happens to fall during that time year after year.

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