Holiday Depression: How to Beat the Holiday Blues and Avoid Relapse in Recovery
Despite the lyrics “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”, the holiday season is not filled with joy for everyone. In fact, many people suffer from holiday depression, or ‘holiday blues’, experiencing feelings of sadness, loneliness and overall discontent through December and into the new year — and most of these people are not considered clinically depressed. For most, these feeling pass once the holidays have passed. But for those in addiction recovery, these feelings pose an additional risk as they are common relapse triggers and need to be dealt with appropriately in order to prevent relapse over the holidays. But what is it about the holiday season, a time that is supposed to be filled with joy and happiness, that creates sadness and feelings of depression instead? It is important to understand what causes these feelings before we can understand how to deal with them.“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” — or is it? Find out what causes holiday depression, why it often triggers relapse, and how you can overcome it.