Thursday, December 9, 2021

National Stress-Free Family Holiday Month
Tips for Coping with Holiday Stress and Depression

18 tips for coping with holiday stress and depression:

1.       Make realistic expectations for the holiday season.
2.       Set realistic goals for yourself.
3.       Do not take on more responsibilities than you can handle. Pace yourself.
4.       Make a list and prioritize the important activities. This can help make holiday tasks
     more manageable.
5.       Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.
6.       Do not put all your energy into just one day. The holiday cheer can be spread from
     one holiday event to the next.
7.       Live and enjoy the present. Look to the future with optimism.
8.       Don't set yourself up for disappointment and sadness by comparing today with the
    good old days of the past.
9.      If you are lonely, try volunteering some time to help others.
10.   Find holiday activities that are free, such as looking at holiday decorations, going
   window shopping without buying, and watching the winter weather, whether it's a
   snowflake or a raindrop.
11.   Limit your drinking, since excessive drinking will only increase your feelings of
12.   Try something new. Celebrate the holidays in a new way.
13.   Spend time with supportive and caring people.
14.   Reach out and make new friends.
15.   Make time to contact a long-lost friend or relative and spread some holiday cheer.
16.   Make time for yourself!
17.   Let others share the responsibilities of holiday tasks.
18.   Keep track of your holiday spending. Overspending can lead to depression when the bills arrive after the holidays are over. Extra bills with little budget to pay them can lead to further stress and depression.

1. Holiday Stress and Depression, WebMD News

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