Blue ChristmasChristmas is the most wonderful time of the year... well, not for everyone.
Christmas for most people is a fun time of year, filled with parties, celebrations, and social gatherings with family and friends. For many people however, it is a time filled with sadness, self-reflection, loneliness, and anxiety.
''The Cloud of grey comes and I just want to pull the covers over my head and say wake me up when it's all over...'' - Harry O'Shea
''I feel Christmas will feel more sad when I’m at home because she won't be there...'' - Jenni Cliff
The Christmas season is filled with ritual, tradition and expectation, so when a person who was a part of the tradition dies, the loss is increased.
It’s a season that can make mourning even more difficult, the hole in your heart suddenly becomes very evident at this time of the year...
Jenni sadly lost her mum to cancer earlier this year and this will be her first Christmas without her.
The feeling and joy of the season is often accompanied by very different emotions and memories...
Because Jenni has been through a lot this year, to make her Christmas a little more special we were able to give her a special gift thanks to Very.co.uk and their #LoveGiving Christmas campaign.
Depression may occur at any time of the year, but the long winter evenings and anxiety during the months of September to December may cause even those who are usually content to experience a lack of fulfilment.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a seasonal form of depression that gets worse around a particular season, most commonly in the winter. As with other forms of depression, some people find it almost impossible to live their normal life while affected by it.
1 in 3 people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder
Common signs of SAD:
low mood losing interest in your usual activities
finding it difficult to concentrate
low energy levels
finding it difficult to wake up in the morning
depression and anxiety
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