With the holiday season behind and a new year ahead, it is a time where the stress and depression that you held at bay over December start to become overwhelming. If you are starting to feel that you are not coping as well with the stress and depression it might be time to seek some outside help. Talking your feelings through with someone who is going to understand the thoughts and feelings that are going through your head right now is important. If you feel you are not in a good place you need to talk to someone, it could be your doctor or another person whom you trust. Post-holiday stress and depression can start with feeling a bit low, but it continues and doesn’t go away.
Many people feel low after the holiday season, this is because of the reduction in the social interaction with family and friends, but stress and depression will last longer than just a few days.
Signs And Symptoms Of Stress And Depression
Knowing the signs you need to look out for when you are feeling low and irritable, or if a close friend or relative suddenly changes and you get worried about them.
Symptoms of stress are:
- Changes in a person’s mood
- Quick to temper
- Easily irritated
- Not able to relax
- Feel overwhelmed with basic tasks
- Feeling of loneliness
- Feelings of depression
- Feeling low and worthless
Symptoms of depression are:
- Feeling low
- Sleeping more
- Sleeping less
- Changes in weight, this can either be losing weight or gaining weight
- Loss of energy
- Not interested in completing basic daily tasks
If you or a friend or family member are suffering from these symptoms, it is important to seek medical help. It is also important to note that some medical conditions can affect your mood, how you feel, such as a thyroid condition. If you have an under active thyroid, taking the right medication for you can help elevate these symptoms by replacing the hormone that the thyroid is no longer making.
Dealing With These Feelings
It is important to get the help that you need to make you feel better. Seeking help means that you can identify that the thoughts and feelings are not you and you might need medication to help rectify how you feel.
Depression and stress are medical conditions that you need to discuss with a professional. They are there to help, it is not something to feel ashamed of, it is a medical condition; you need the help and support which you would expect if you had any other medical problem. Unfortunately, there is a lot of stigma surrounding mental illness and it is important that you don’t feel subjected to any form of discrimination if you seek help.
The treatment offered will depend upon your individual circumstance and the doctor and facilities, which are open to them, rest assured you, don’t have to deal with them on your own.
For me, I had medication, which I took for over a year and counselling; for me the counselling was the most effective treatment, I was able to talk about how I felt, and given ways to deal with those feelings. Often as a society we allow the hiding of feelings and in essence are unimportant, I learned that my feelings are important and that once I learn to express them that instead of bottling them up I am able to let them go.
Winter And Reduction In Light Increases Symptoms
With the reduction in the daylight hours in the winter, many people feel it plays an important part in the increase in the cases of stress and depression diagnosed after the holiday season.
Many people believe in sunlight and the effect that it can have on our bodies with regard to a person’s mood, called SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder. It can affect a large percentage of the population and is a potential factor in a person’s medical diagnosis.
Therefore, if you are feeling the post-holiday blues and they are getting worse instead of better, it might be time to talk to someone about how you are feeling to make sure that you are not heading towards stress and depression.