Coping with the Holidays

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 flies out the window. People with unloving parents or problematic families 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!

Holiday Coping Guide - Couple Arguing

General Holiday Coping

Previously From Our Bloggers...


Alone for the Holidays

Gifts, Cards and Presents

Christmas tree

Depression, SAD and Drinking

Relationships & the Holidays

Children & Family


Older Blog Entries

New Year's




Last updated: 8 Feb 2019
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 8 Feb 2019
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