TIPS FOR COPING WITH HOLIDAY STRESS
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.