Coping with the Holidays

For many people, the holidays and Christmas can be not only a very happy and joyous time reuniting with family and friends, but also a very stressful time. Old patterns of behavior emerge, our stress levels go up, and our ability to cope flies out the window.

No sooner have we put away the Thanksgiving turkey that we turn and find the presents we need to wrap for Christmas. The holidays start a few weeks of stress and constant motion for many, as well as feelings of being overwhelmed, depression and even loneliness for others.

We can't stop the world from turning, but perhaps the articles below will help you better cope with the holidays.

As usual, our annual Holiday Coping Guide has been updated for 2013. We wish you a peaceful, stress-free and joyful holiday!

General Holiday Coping

Alone for the Holidays

Gifts, Cards and Presents

Depression, SAD and Drinking

Relationships & the Holidays

Children & Family


New Year's

Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 29 Mar 2015
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