Rather than dig your way out of stress and depression that may arise around the holidays, be proactive by trying the following, suggests Mayo:

  • Acknowledge your feelings. You can’t force yourself to be happy simply because it’s the holidays.
  • Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek community or religious events, or volunteer your time.
  • Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect.
  • Set aside differences. Accept others as they are, and be understanding if others become too stressed.
  • Stick to a budget. Enough said.
  • Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for holiday-related activities.
  • Learn to say no. Accepting too many invitations or too much responsibility leads to feeling overwhelmed and resentful.
  • Stick with healthy habits. Don’t allow the holidays to become a free-for-all.
  • Take a breather. Even 15 minutes alone, without distractions, can be refreshing.
  • Don’t be afraid to seek help from family, friends or even a professional if necessary.

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