Stay “Happy” During the Holidays

The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year. But for some people, they can be a time of sadness and longing as old memories return… reminders of good times past and loved ones who are no longer with them. And the feelings of loneliness can be overwhelming. Those adjusting to life after a recent move can face even more challenges. But there’s no reason to feel alone – help is available.

Tips for coping with holiday stress and depression:

  • Make realistic expectations for the holiday season.
  • Do not take on more responsibilities than you can handle.
  • Make a list and prioritize the important activities.
  • Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.
  • Live and enjoy the present.
  • Volunteer.
  • Limit your drinking.
  • Try something new.
  • Spend time with supportive and caring people.
  • Make time for yourself!
  • Let others share the responsibilities of holiday tasks.
  • Keep track of your holiday spending.

If none of these tips help with your feelings of depression, seek professional help with Cathy Rigg and the counseling services available at the Taylor Clinic. There is a wide array of treatment options available and sometimes just talking to someone is help enough.