The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it’s no wonder. 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. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would.
Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression: Read more at Mayo Clinic
- 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.
- Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events.
- Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well.
- Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations.
- Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend.
~ Karen Byfield