The Christmas season…

Although this post could be perceived hilariously funny, morbid, morbidly funny, horrible, horribly funny and so on and so forth, we simply will perceive them based on our current psychological state and our current reality including life experiences that we encounter over our life time.

However, in Australia and throughout the Western world at least, we are in the process of the Christmas season, where we are constantly bombarded with social media and professional sales people that Christmas should be the happiest time of the year, despite diverse religious backgrounds and belief.

The notion that Christmas represents an opportunity to display joy and appreciation towards family, friends and colleagues cannot diminish the reality that at this time of the year, many people experience a significant increase of depression and higher incidences of suicide and attempts of suicide. According to national and international surveys, at least 45% of respondents dreaded the festive season. In my personal opinion and working closely with my clients I clearly and loudly can state that this number is far far more higher. The logical question that arises; why?

At this time of year, some people become depressed and even angry because of excessive commercialization where the focus is on gifts and “perfect” social activities. Others become depressed because Christmas triggers self-reflection and a “victim” mentality in comparison to others who appear to have more and more. The pressure to spend a lot money on gifts and presents for family members and acquaintances activate in many people a rage towards themselves leading them furthermore into increasing debt. Expectations of family and friends to spend time with them even when though for many people these relationships are toxic, unhealthy and unfulfilling, lead many people to future inflict upon themselves feeling of self-deprecation that in many cases leads to depression, an attempt of suicide and even suicide per se. And finally, many other people feel excluded due to the fact that they do not share the same religious belief, while others feel very lonely because they’ve suffered the loss of loved ones or their jobs.

Therefore, please be aware that the Christmas season is an extremely challenging time for many many many people, while at the same time can be an opportunity for many of us to reach out to those who find themselves in a fragile psychological state. Despite our diverse beliefs, we are all heading towards the end of the year and we can all use this time wisely to reflect on our past and to make decisions to think, feel and act in the ways that breaks from our unhealthy and unfulfilled present…

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