Tips for Coping with
Holiday Stress and Depression
 Pace yourself.  Do not take on more responsibilities than you can handle.
 Make a list and prioritize the important activities. This can help make holiday tasks more manageable.
 Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.  
 Do not put all your energy into just one day (i.e., Thanksgiving Day, New Year's Eve). The holiday cheer can be spread from one holiday event to the next.
 Try something new. Celebrate the holidays in a new way.
 Live and enjoy the present.
 Don't set yourself up for disappointment and sadness by comparing today with the good old days of the past. 
 Limit your drinking, since excessive drinking will only increase your feelings of depression.
 Spend time with supportive and caring people. 
 Make time to contact a long lost friend or relative and spread some holiday cheer.
 Save time for yourself! Recharge your batteries! Let others share the responsibilities of holiday tasks.
 Call your EAP if you can use some help.

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