There is a perfect winter storm of depression brewing. Got the blues? You are not alone. There are good reasons you may be feeling sad right now.
You may get depressed at this time of year because it reminds you of bad experiences of past holidays. Or you may get depressed because you have had better holidays in the past. Or you just may be comparing this holiday to an imagined holiday like the ones in the Norman Rockwell paintings or the happy holidays you think your friends are enjoying.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
At this time of year I’m driving to the office in the dark and driving home from work in the dark. The days are shorter. There is less sunlight. We feel good when we are in the sun. We feel bad when there is a lack of sunlight.
It is usual for people separating and divorcing to feel depressed. The future is uncertain and scary. Finances are usually a mess. You may be heartbroken.
So, what can you do, if all three events are hitting you at the same time? Ride out the storm. It will take time. You will have grief. And pain. But eventually, the storm will be over, and your new life will make all this seem like a distant memory.