Try These Coping Tips

The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests: stress and depression. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few. But with some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, realize that it’s normal to feel sadness and grief. It’s OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.. Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts. Give homemade gifts or start a family gift exchange. Don’t let the holidays become something you dread. Instead, take steps to prevent the stress and depression that can descend this time of year. With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during this busy season.

— Source: The Mayo Clinic


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