Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression
Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. You may feel stressed, sad, or
anxious because your holiday plans may look different during the COVID-19 pandemic. But with
some practical tips – courtesy of Mayo Clinic – you can minimize the stress that accompanies the
1. Acknowledge your feelings. If you can’t be with loved ones these holidays, realize that it’s
normal to feel sadness and grief. It’s OK to take time to cry or express your feelings.
2. Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, may help to talk to a friend or family member about your
concerns. Try reaching out with a text, a call or a video chat.
3. 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. Even though your holiday plans may look different
this year, you can find ways to celebrate.
4. 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.
5. Stick to a budget. Before you do your gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can
afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts.
6. Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, connecting with friends and other
activities. Consider whether you can shop online for any of your items.
7. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and
8. Don’t abandon healthy habits. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only
adds to your stress and guilt.
9. Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Find an activity you enjoy. Take a break by
Don’t let the holidays become something you dread. Instead, take steps to prevent the stress and
depression that can descend during the holidays. With a little planning and some positive thinking,
you can find peace and joy during the holidays.