The holidays are filled with so much cheer and beauty that it’s hard to feel down during this time, however, this is not the case for everyone. Depression is something that no amount of flashy lights or holiday tunes can get rid of. This time of the year becomes even harder for many because of seasonal depression, the reminders of having lost a loved one, and many other reasons.
Though it takes a lot more than sipping on cocoa and singing a song to lift the depression that you may feel this season, some ways may help lighten the burden…even if just for a few moments. Below are a few ways to help you feel a little less depressed when you want to enjoy the holidays but it’s hard to do so.
Listen to your favorite holiday songs.
Music is very healing and therapeutic for some people. That is why we have music therapy as one of the therapy practices. If you love Christmas music, try listening to your favorites when you’re feeling down. It may not lift your mood for good, but even those few moments are precious and worth something.
Do things that bring good memories.
For some, the holidays are a depressive time because they are a reminder of those who are no longer here. It hurts when you can no longer do the things you used to with the ones you love, but you can still keep the good memories alive. It may be hard at first, but try doing some of those things that you used to do with those who are no longer here. It may not be the same, but sometimes it helps to bring out the happier times. The best way to remember someone is by keeping their spirit alive.
Try light therapy.
Light therapy is a great tool to use during this time while it’s dark a lot longer. Light therapy is when you sit close to a light source for at least 30 minutes a day. It helps people who struggle with seasonal depression. You can go online and find different tools/sources to use for light therapy and easily do it every day at home. You can even play Christmas music in the process if you like.
Surround yourself with friends and family.
If able, surround yourself with those who can help list your spirit. Again, it doesn’t get rid of the depression, but to have people lift your mood for a moment matters. It’s easy to lock yourself away in your home, but try to push yourself to get out. Do festive things with others and enjoy the moments. As hard as it may be, you’ll be proud of yourself for doing so.
Talk to someone.
Lastly, I implore you to talk to someone, preferably a professional. A professional’s job is to help you find ways to navigate the depression you’re feeling. Not everyone can afford a therapist, and if you can’t, talking to a friend or family member can help as well. They can’t do the job a therapist does, but sometimes all we need is a listening ear.
Remember, these things aren’t going to make the depression go away, but they can help for a moment. We all deserve to feel a feeling of hope or happiness, even for a few minutes.
If you experience depression during the holidays, what are ways that help get you by? Let’s chat in the comments and remember, you’re not alone.