Post # 1
I always seem to have a really hard time around Christmas. I don’t understand why, I have a family, we are all still able to spend it together. Yet for some reason I am just constantly on edge, its like every feeling I have is heightened to the nth degree.
It is not Christmas if at some point I don’t end up in tears about something. I am not even close to kidding. And now that its over (my family celebrated this evening) I feel even more down.
I can’t be the only one who feels this way, right? I guess I am just looking for/hoping for other people to identify with me on this, maybe make me feel less crazy.
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
So far I have made it without any tears or real frustration. I do find myself wishing that it was just over with already. It’s been a month of “happy holidays,” etc… and while I recognize that I am blessed, I do wish Christmas was more like what it used to be. It gets depressing at times. You’re not crazy, it’s a very emotional time for a lot of people!
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
It is an emotional time but do you really have no idea? Is it possible that you have expectations that aren’t being met or that you are taking on more than you need to?
Post # 5
Is it winter where you are? Some people feel down because of the weather – of course, if you’re in Australia, summer seems to be the time for bushfires and flooding, which can also be pretty depressing.
I think it’s pretty normal to be stressed at Christmas – to the point of tears seems unusual though. Do you face any particular stress at Christmas, or does it bring up any bad memories for you?
Post # 6
@MeiFrancis: It is a very busy time of year at my work. Interestingly enough I don’t remember having a stressful Christmas prior to starting work in my current field. I am sure this has something to do with it. This year on top of it all I ended up with the flu and have been sick the past few days.
Post # 7
Take more Vitamin D. The suicide rate does not typically increase around Christmas in warm-weather countries or regions, but in those that experience a loss of focused daylight due to the axial tilt of the Earth. You’re likely experiencing a bit of seasonal affective disorder, which is incredibly common in the Northern Hemisphere.