As we embark on the advent season on the run up to Christmas I think it is timely to remind ourselves that not all are feeling jolly at this time of year.
The Christmas season used to be a ‘wobbly’ period for me personally and so this from Psychology Today comes as no surprise:
We are told that Christmas, for Christians, should be the happiest time of year, an opportunity to be joyful and grateful with family, friends and colleagues. Yet, according to the National Institute of Health, Christmas is the time of year that people experience the highest incidence of depression. Hospitals and police forces report the highest incidences of suicide and attempted suicide. Psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals report a significant increase in patients complaining about depression. One North American survey reported that 45% of respondents dreaded the festive season.
Let’s not forget those who struggle at this time of year and I rather liked the conclusion to this piece:
The Christmas season has become a difficult time for many people in our society. For those of us who don’t have difficulties at this time of year, it’s an opportunity to reach out to those who become depressed.
Just got to heed this myself now….
Tags: Christian Life