Changes in light during the wintertime seem to cause depression for many people. Although I've read it is more common in northern climates I feel quite sure it happens in the southern climates as well. The American Psychological Association found that 38% of people felt their stress levels increase during the holiday season.
We think of the holidays as cheerful times when we get to be with family and friends, enjoying special foods for the holidays. We decorate our homes with the bright and brilliance of lights which brings delight for the kiddies and grownups too.
For some there is no laughter or joy.
Courtney Maum has taken us into her world when depression appeared and some of the normal things didn't help. But see what did help heal and restore.
Courtney Maum is the author of the novels Costalegre (a GOOP book club pick and one of Glamour Magazine’s top books of the decade), I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You and Touch (a New York Times Editor’s Choice and NPR Best Book of the Year selection), the popular guidebook Before and After the Book Deal: A writer’s guide to finishing, publishing, promoting, and surviving your first book, and the forthcoming memoir, The Year of the Horses. Courtney’s writing has been widely published in such outlets as the New York Times, and O, the Oprah Magazine, and her short story This is Not Your Fault was turned into an Audible Original at Amazon. Courtney is the founder of the collaborative retreat program, The Cabins and she has a creativity advice newsletter "Get Published, Stay Published" that you can sign up for at CourtneyMaum.com