However, often this is not the case as Christmas is the most likely time of the year to experience depression.
To many people this will be a bewildering fact; surely Christmas should be viewed as a joyous occasion, spent with friends and family, having fun and enjoying the time spent together.
So what is it about this time of year that people depress themselves about?
- Christmas is a time of great expectations. We demand that perfect Christmas experience.
- We can become overwhelmed by a sense of failure and disconnection.
- It may be helpful to consider the true meaning of Christmas. The message is always there – celebration, peace and good will to all.
- By accepting reality; reducing unrealistic expectations and demands; by not getting lost in all the Christmas hype; we can use the time to invest in our relationships, and ensure this Christmas is a highly rewarding one.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH) can help identify the expectations and interpretations that can lead towards depression and anxiety; adjust to reality and break through avoidances and inhibitions. Implementation of CBH can help you change your cognitive processes, which then leads to changes in your feelings and behaviours.
For more information on the treatment of reactive depression using cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH), you may be interested in our Master Class