Christmas is awesome for most people: the parties, beautiful lights, carols, food, and, above all, the feelings of goodwill and excitement that even the most crabby people seem to embrace one day of the year. And, the presents are pretty great too.
However, once December 25th turns into December 26th, something often happens. Most people head back to work. Grumpy people return to their usual non-jolly selves, and the Christmas music leaves the radio. Boom. It’s all over. The result: Post Christmas depression.
Post Christmas Depression
It’s not just after Christmas that many of us get down. Whenever we have a lot of fun and excitement, it’s hard to get back to our usual lives, especially if those lives aren’t exactly meaningful or thrilling.
But, post-Christmas depression is unique because with Thanksgiving and Christmas and everything in between there is a lot of celebration, excitement, and even stress. Once all that ends, we’re left with a social and emotional void that needs filled. And, the reality of Christmas spending and weight gain might have kicked in. It can lead to depression.
However, it doesn’t have to get the best of you. You can beat post Christmas depression.
Note: If you’re suffering from serious depression, anxiety, or other possible serious mental health disorders, seek professional help. This page is designed for those suffering from mild post-holiday depression.
Twelve Days of Christmas
Technically, there are actually twelve days of Christmas according to the Catholic Church (which gave us Christmas). And, there’s even an entire Christmas season in the Catholic that lasts until mid-January. So, throughout history and in many Catholic countries today, Christmas festivities go long past Christmas Day.
Even if you’re not religious, go ahead and celebrate Christmas beyond December 25th. If it helps you beat the blues keep playing the music, leave up the tree, continue eating those gingerbread cookies, etc. Then, you can gradually taper off the celebrating, so it doesn’t feel like an abrupt end to Christmas.
Keep The Christmas Spirit Alive
Most of us love Christmas because society actually promotes peace, goodwill, and joy. Then, it suddenly stops. However, you can certainly keep the spirit of goodwill alive all year. In fact, for your own mental health and the betterment of the world, I highly recommend it.
Resolve to be joyful, fun, and happy everyday of the year. Start on December 26th or whatever day you’re reading this. That should help a lot with the post Christmas depression.
Set Your Resolutions Early
Directionless people typically have the most cases of mild depression. It can be hard dealing with the struggles of everyday life knowing that the future only holds more struggles and a lack of joy.
Set goals and stick to them. Having goals and working towards them keep you focused on a better future rather than the present. This is important, especially if you are depressed and lack direction.
Sit down and set out a few New Year’s goals right now. You can start them on January 1st if you want, but right now you can write them and start believing in them. Make them realistic, but also make them big. Don’t just list goals, but strategies to achieve them. This should help you feel better.
Make Everyday As Fun As Christmas
One reason why I don’t get post Christmas depression anymore is because, for me, everyday is like Christmas. Why? Because I live each day to its fullest. I am positive, reach out to others, find ways to be social, and am working towards big goals.
So, while December 25th is special, it’s not so different from the other days in the calendar that it leads to depression. The way to make everyday as fun as Christmas is to take control of your life, have big goals (and work to achieve them), and develop a positive outlook.
We have many books and other products that can help you become your best person. Follow our advice and everyday can become like Christmas, in your social life, dating, at work, etc. Don’t let post-Christmas depression get the best of you. Live life to the fullest December 25th, 26th, and every day of the year.