Holiday Coping

Coping with the Holidays Survival Guide

For many people, Christmas and the holiday season are a happy and joyous time, enriched by reuniting with family and friends. But year’s end can also be very stressful. Old patterns of behavior emerge, our stress levels rise, and our ability to cope can really be tested. People with unsupportive parents or problematic family members face a whole different set of challenges.

No sooner than we have put away the Thanksgiving tableware and decorations, we begin the hunt for Christmas presents and wrapping. The final days of the year bring a few weeks of stress and constant motion for many. For others, the holiday season can bring about feelings of being overwhelmed, depression, and loneliness.

We can’t stop the world from turning, but perhaps a few of the articles in our annual guide will help you better manage the emotional challenges that the holidays present.

This year’s guide includes fresh topics and content, updated posts from previous years, and some perennial favorites covering a wide variety of holiday-related issues. We wish you a peaceful, stress-free, and joyful holiday!

Topics covered in this article include: Coping with Stress, Traditions, Finding Meaning & Gratitude, Loneliness & Being Alone for the Holidays, Relationships, Depression, SAD & Drinking, Children & Family, and Gifts, Cards and Presents.

General Holiday Coping

Gingerbread man

Coping with Stress

Traditions, Finding Meaning & Gratitude

Loneliness & Being Alone for the Holidays

Holiday Coping Guide - Couple Arguing


Depression, SAD & Drinking

Children & Family

Gifts, Cards and Presents

New Year’s

Need tips for coping with New Year’s? We’ve got you covered with our 2020 New Year’s Guide. Check it out.

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder of Psych Central. He is a psychologist, author, researcher, and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues since 1995. Dr. Grohol has a Master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member of the Society for Participatory Medicine. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2020). Coping with the Holidays Survival Guide. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 31, 2020, from
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Last updated: 1 Jul 2020 (Originally: 17 May 2019)
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