As much as you look forward to the joy of the holiday season, this time of year can become overwhelming with feelings of pressure, disappointment or unhappiness. Below are two coping mechanisms that will help you survive the holiday blues.
Don't do it all!
Give yourself a break when preparing for the holidays. Prioritize what really needs to be done and allow time for yourself and the freedom to be less than perfect.
If you're spending time with family, plan structured activities to keep them occupied especially if there are family conflicts brewing beneath the surface. Try a jigsaw puzzle, decorating cookies, or group games to allow for people to interact together in a lighthearted way.