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Coping With Loneliness and Depression at Christmas

As the festive season approaches, it’s easy to forget that some people find this an especially difficult time of the year, and can quite often have feelings of loneliness, depression and despair. Whilst the festive season is a ‘wonderful time of the year’ for many people, others feel less enthused about the holidays, and in many cases, feelings of anxiety and depression are all too familiar.

Here at Then Change, we are familiar with such feelings and can help you with anxiety, sadness or any type of negative sensation you are experiencing at this time of year. Christmas is wonderful for many, but it can also feel suffocating for others, and the thing you need to understand is help is always available, no matter how uncomfortable or troubled you become.

What causes feelings of depression and loneliness at Christmas?

There can be many factors that affect people at this time of the year. For some, the fear of spending time in large, crowded places where company parties are being held can feel overwhelming, and they instantly want to shut themselves away. In other cases, feelings of abandonment or a sense of loss for family members can be crippling at a time when families traditionally spend time together, leading to sadness and the overriding sense that one is alone.

We’re expected to be jolly and happy at this time of year

There’s also a huge sense of people having fun at Christmas, and one is expected to be in a happy mood most of the time as tree lights twinkle and festive songs play on the radio, but this is not always the case. If you feel sad and lonely at Christmastime, feelings of resentment can quickly build, adding to the stress of the festive period. Plus, there is added pressure at Christmas to spend time with extended family members, and you might not necessarily be looking forward to this, making you feel uncomfortable and awkward at social gatherings.

It’s important to look after your wellbeing over the festive holidays

Life can often feel like it is more complicated at Christmas, and if you feel anxious, worried or simply dread the build-up to the festive period, and don’t know why this is, reach out to somebody and explain to them how you are feeling right now. If the depression is serious, get expert help and don’t try to contain the feelings of sadness, loneliness or anger on your own, there are people ready to listen.

If you are suffering from depression at this time or any time of the year, the team at Then Change are here to help. Please don’t live with these feelings in silence, call us today for confidential and discreet advice on 0774 888 1404, or don’t hesitate to send us a private message online.