• Make realistic expectations for the holiday season.
  • Take on only what you can handle. Pace yourself.
  • Make a list and prioritize the important activities. This can help make holiday tasks more manageable.
  • Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.
  • Do not put all your energy into just one day. The holiday cheer can be spread from one-holiday event to the next.
  • Live and enjoy the present. Look to the future with optimism.
  • Don’t set yourself up for disappointment and sadness by comparing today with the good old days of the past.
  • If you are lonely, try volunteering to help others.
  • Find free holiday activities, such as looking at holiday decorations, window shopping without buying, and watching the winter weather, whether a snowflake or a raindrop.
  • Limit your drinking since excessive drinking will only increase your feelings of depression.
  • Keep track of your holiday spending. Overspending can lead to depression when the bills arrive after the holidays. Extra bills with little budget to pay them can lead to further stress and depression.
  • Make time for yourself!
  • Let others share the responsibilities of holiday tasks.
  • Try something new. Celebrate the holidays in a new way.
  • Spend time with supportive and caring people.
  • Reach out and make new friends.
  • Contact a long-lost friend or relative and spread some holiday cheer.

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