The Negative Effects of Christmas
December 10, 2021 by Makena Keyes: Staff Writer
Christmas is supposedly the “happiest time of the year” (Andy Williams).
Of course, for most families, the holidays are a time of happiness, togetherness, cheer, and religion. No one could ever think that the holidays could cause anxiety, distress, and even depression. Many people can go through challenges because of the holidays. Depression can stem from loneliness before, during, or even after the holidays, “Unfortunately, withdrawing often makes the feelings of loneliness and symptoms of depression worse. These individuals may see other people spending time with friends and family, and ask themselves, ‘Why can’t that be me?’ or ‘Why is everyone else so much happier than I am?’ ” (www.healthline.com).
Sadly, people everywhere can feel loneliness, even when they’re in large groups. During the holidays.
There is still another side to depression stemming from the holidays called “Post Holiday Blues.” These Blues are describing people's feelings after the excitement of the Holidays put out. When coming off a high from serotonin or adrenaline it can often leave the body exhausted “It’s essentially the brain’s way of trying to restore order while adjusting between markedly different experiences. And, half of the month of December is basically one big departure from your normal routine” (www.paycom.net).
“Post Holiday Blues,” depression, loneliness, anxiety, and stress are negative emotions and feelings that many may feel after or during the Holidays. No matter what someone is feeling, remember to stay positive and remember that things can only get better with time, as well remember that others may be feeling the same stress; so you are not alone.