Depression is one hell of a problem. It can come and go whenever it pleases, and sometimes it rears it’s ugly head at the worst times possible.
Enter Christmas morning.
Say you’ve just woken up and you feel absolutely awful. You don’t want to do anything, never mind socialize with family you haven’t seen since last year.
Dealing with depression on a regular day is hard, but dealing with it on a holiday is much worse. There’s so much expected of you when it’s the holiday season. Everyone’s supposed to be cheerful and happy, but when you’re depression has a hold on you, it’s a lot harder to be just normal.
What do you do when depression hits during Christmas? Keep reading to find out!
What to Do When Depression Hits During Christmas
When depression hits during Christmas it can really throw a wrench into your plans. Especially if you have a large family and are expected to interact with many people throughout the day.
Depression is hard enough on a regular work day, but when you’re surrounded by people who are happy, it can really make you feel worse about not feeling the same way.
There are a few things you can do to help yourself when depression hits during Christmas.
Take a Shower
The first thing I recommend you do if depression hits during Christmas is to take a shower.
I know I feel like I’m repeating myself a lot throughout my posts, but taking a shower really can help you feel better, even if it’s only a little bit.
Taking a shower can wake you up, relax you, and get you ready for the day. So, if you wake up and feel like utter crap, then drag yourself into the bathroom and take a shower. I guarantee you’ll feel better.
I do this all the time. When my depression hits I usually end up not taking showers for a while because just trying to get myself into the bathroom is hard enough.
Eat a Good Breakfast
When depression hits at any point, it’s a lot easier to neglect your needs. When it hits during Christmas, it can be a lot harder to make sure you eat right with all the chaos going on with family and friends.
So make yourself a hearty breakfast filled with protein and carbohydrates!
If you’re full up on food it’s a lot harder to feel bad. I know some people don’t want to eat when they get depressed, but you need to push through that and make sure you’re eating right.
If I were to have a hearty breakfast it would most likely be pancakes and bacon, or hashbrowns and bacon. Take your pick, you can have whatever you want!
Let People Know
You don’t have to let people know that you’re feeling depressed, but you can let them know that you’re not feeling your best.
If you tell them you’re not feeling well and won’t be as cheerful as you’d like, it’s a lot easier to get through the day without feeling as bad. I know it can be hard to admit you’re having a bad day, especially on one of the happiest days of the year, but if you don’t want to feel judged for not being yourself, you can always let them know.
If you have family that won’t accept that as an answer, then you might want to keep this to yourself. I know not everyone has accepting family and they may think you’re lying or just blame you for not feeling well. In that case, it’s better to keep your sanity than to try to convince them you’re having a bad day.
If you have family you have to go see, or if you have kids that need Santa to have come the night before, you’re going to have to push through the depression.
I hate to say this, but sometimes you just have to force yourself to be happy and cheerful. When depression hits during Christmas it’s going to be hard to just “push through”, but it’s something you’re going to have to try to do.
Put on a face, pretend it’s not there, do whatever your coping mechanism is to get you through this hard time.
It’s going to suck, you’re probably going to feel bad throughout the whole day, and you’re probably going to be exhausted at the end of the day, but if you have family that you love that you want to spend time with, you’re going to have to push through.
While you’re pushing through the day, taking breaks are going to be your saving grace.
When you take breaks you can use that time to try to center yourself and get some energy back.
Ways you can take a break:
- Have a “cigarette” break
- Volunteer to walk the dog
- Volunteer to grab something at the store
- Take a walk
- Take a longer bathroom break
- Find an empty room to hide in for a few minutes
Taking a break and taking some deep breaths, counting, or having a tea break can all help you center yourself, gather your thoughts, and get yourself together.
What do you think of these tips? Do you have any others that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below!
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