Reasons to wait eagerly for the arrival of the end of the year are not lacking: several parties, thirteenth, holidays, family moments and, for some, even travel. The christmas spirit takes over, and it seems that there is a climate of collective bliss in the air. But why is it, then, that, precisely at this time, there is a greater tendency to the development of depression, stress and anxiety? Yes, the depression of the end of the year there.
How to prevent depression of the end of the year
To the psychotherapist Maura Albano, the year-end brings with it a reflection of everything that’s happened in the last twelve months, which makes some feel frustrated for not having done things that were proposed at the beginning of the year. “There are still those people who do not adapt well to the changes and the beginning of a new cycle entails a greater vulnerability. This is the moment in which there is a greater tendency to remember personal losses and the longing and the grief intensifies,” he says.
There may still be a self pressure to please others and yourself, in relation to the present, to the organization of parties or to the fulfillment of all the commitments established. To avoid all these negative feelings, the psychotherapist gives some tips.
This is the time when many people dedicate themselves to assess their attitudes and to create projects for the following year. However, Maura believes that this self-assessment should be something constant throughout the year, which saves weight and enables changes to be gradual and adaptations that may be necessary along the way.
Anticipate the shopping
You are the type that always defers the shopping of the Christmas gifts and always leaves it to the last moment, with the crowded stores, on high prices and few options? As it is, this is a thing that only creates stress and anxiety. “Look into the purchase in advance, to the few. This is a way to save money. Make a list still to avoid unnecessary expenses and follow your budget”, indicates.
Enjoy your own company
For many people, the end of the year represents the time to enjoy the family. But if you are not part of this group, to stand alone, it can also be something positive. “Discover the pleasures of his own company and dedicate this time to do things that give pleasure, but the rush of the routine prevents that if you do throughout the year,” says Maura. Worth putting the series in a day, to make a home spa day, venturing in the kitchen, exercising, or simply put the sound high and dance alone.
Don’t isolate yourself
Still you can enjoy these moments alone, avoid getting locked up and isolated for a long time. Allow yourself to also visit friends, do outdoor activities and talk with other people. Why not take advantage of this time to do some volunteer work, for example?
With social networks it is normal to find that the other’s life is much better than ours. But remember that this is only a snip. “This type of comparison only brings frustration and may believe: what is there is not a picture of reality. What happens is that no one is going to expose your insecurities and sorrows, especially at this time in that they all want to sell an image of happiness and perfection”, explains the psychologist.
Take advantage of Christmas to give something precious to those who most deserve it: you. Buy something that you want very much, be it an outfit, a travel, or that collaborate to give up on your self-esteem.
Do not overdo it in the food
With so many celebrations marking this time of year, it is common to be a exaggeration in relation to food and drink. In addition to the feeling of guilt that this can generate after, the salt, alcohol, and fat can still generate gastrointestinal problems, heart and circulatory. To prevent the increase of the heartbeat, inflammation and high blood pressure, control.
Avoid negative thoughts
This can be a big challenge, but it makes all the difference. “If something is bad, be it in the emotional life, at work, or in any other area, focus on what is good and try to see things from a more positive light. There is always something good to take from every situation, everything depends on the weight you give to it.”
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