That’s a hard question to answer. For years I wouldn’t admit that I sometimes get depressed during the winter months and around holidays . And what’s worse is that I don’t like to admit it. As a pageant girl, I want to keep things cute and glamorous, but I have to be real. I have to allow myself to be vulnerable to those who feel ashamed. Today, I asked myself why am I depressed on Christmas? Let’s explore this topic.

If you can relate, understand that depression, sadness, and loneliness are common, so you don’t need to feel alone. Many factors trigger depression, but there are also ways to deal.

Before I go any further, I must give credit to ShareCare.Com. Especially THIS POST. I did more than question my feelings, I searched for answers. And it truly helped me get a better understand of what was going on.

It’s been a while since I’ve been unhappy around Christmas and I realized it trickled down to a few triggers :

  • Finances
  • Unrealistic Expectations
  • Busyness
  • People pleasing
  • Envy
  • Fear
  • Disappointment
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness

Annnnnnd here’s what you can do about it:

Acknowledge How You Feel

That “Fake it until you make it” concept never applies to your mental health. I know this because I’ve tried pretending like I was okay when I wasn’t. When you hold onto pain, it builds up and effects you even when you don’t realize it. The good news is that healing becomes possible when you take a moment to acknowledge that you’re not feeling like yourself.

Talk It Out

Do you have someone you can talk to? A member from your church that gives Godly advice? A counselor? A reliable friend? Talking it out is one of the healthiest ways to get rid of the negative emotions that have been pulling you down — shoutout to a fellow writer Melony Hill @strongerthanmystuggles on IG.

She posted this on Christmas. So if you need to talk to someone, please consider using one of these numbers:

Avoid triggers by Planning Ahead

If you know you get depressed around the holidays, protect yourself by:

  • Plan head- (Prepare outfits, plans, and budget)
  • Avoid alcohol and coffee
  • Check-in with your therapist
  • Go to church
  • Serve those who are less fortunate
  • Practice self-care
  • Listen to worship music
  • Start A Prayer Journal

Studies and research will show you that writing is extremely therapeutic. And God will show you how He can move in your situation when you cast your care onto Him. As a gift to you, I create this workbook to help you pray and work out your concerns through praying and journaling. It’s fast, and the workbook is free. Sign up the clicking the image above.

Take care.