Grief and Depression After the Holidays
With all the excitement and mystery of Christmas on its way out, many are left with cold weather, wrapping paper, smashed boxes and a withering tree at the end of the driveway. Grief Counselors may find themselves counseling many people towards ways to rediscover balance and a normal routine again after the Holidays. Part of the blame is society. While society turns Christmas and the holidays into a capitalistic endeavor that begins after Thanksgiving dinner and ends the day after Christmas, people are left with an emptiness. Spirituality and a true understanding of the holidays extend the values well into January with the feast of the Epiphany. Yet, the mainstream materialistic dominance in society dictates policy for the most part and people are left with little if anything to look forward to after New Years. Some people are more resilient and some people may even welcome a return to the normal life, but for some it is a hard transtition.
Rheyanne Weaver from empowerher.com writes about post holiday depression in her article, “Post Holiday Depression: Why Are You Feeling So Low After the Best Time of the Year?”
Though some people dread having to see their family around the winter holidays and don’t enjoy Christmas shopping and the colder weather, others feel more depressed after the holidays are over, since they have to go back to the same routine, among other haunting realities. This is known as post-holiday depression. This can start after Christmas or similar holidays and/or after New Year’s Day, depending on when a person celebrates.
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