Christmas is traditionally assumed to be a time of merriment, parties and festive fun. Most of us think of it as a time for families to get together, sitting around the tree, eating a sumptuous dinner which usually consists of turkey, Brussels sprouts, roast potatoes and mince pies or pudding. We also have a rosy perception of this time of year, involving the giving and receiving of gifts, a time when everyone is happy and eager to enjoy the season and look forward to the year ahead. Although this may be the case for most of us, for others this is not the case.
For those who have lost a partner or someone close to them round about this time, either through bereavement, separation or other circumstances Christmas can be a time of profound loneliness.
Then there are those who do have family round about them, but find the stress, anxiety, financial pressures and preparation for the “big day” induce so many negative emotions that it is difficult to find any sense of enjoyment over the season at all.
Some people may have had so many truly awful Christmases that they start to experience negative feelings in the lead up to Christmas Day.
These people say they feel “down”, anxious and depressed, and no amount of festive spirit can alleviate these symptoms. In addition to this the onset of shorter days, longer dark evenings and insufficient sunlight can make even the most optimistic of individuals feel gloomier than usual. This can result in depression which can lead to addictive behaviour such as excessive alcohol consumption, comfort eating and destructive thoughts.
Then many men and women have an alcohol problem, or are recovering from alcohol addiction and worry about the amount of alcoholic beverages which will be on offer. The temptation to fall back into bad habits may prey unhappily on their mind and the season of goodwill begins to look more like a nightmarish struggle to summon up inordinate levels of willpower.
Combine this with unpredictable winter weather and chilly mornings and it’s not surprising that there are so many of us who just don’t look forward to Christmas and just can’t look forward to it.
Seasonal depression can be made more manageable using simple methods to work with you subconsciously to help you develop coping techniques to help through this time of year – and beyond.
I have developed the Cognisense Method which involves the use of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Counselling and psychological methods to help you cope with seasonal anxiety.
So why not make this year a truly Happy Christmas! Just give me a call for a free consultation on 07889 010844. Then book an appointment at a time that suits you for a relaxing session.
Maybe this could be the year when Santa really does deliver.