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8 tips for coping with holiday stress
Mental Health

8 tips for coping with holiday stress

By Allison White, LCSW & Marquita Harris, LMSW
Posted: December 7, 2020

This holiday season will be different than any other. The holidays can be a stressful time for most of us, and dealing with a global pandemic can create even more stress.

We've put together eight practical tips to help you protect your mental health during this time.

1. Acknowledge your feelings

This is going to be a very different holiday season – It’s OK to feel sad and express your feelings.

2. Be Realistic

Holidays do not have to be perfect or celebrated the same every year.

3. Build new holiday traditions

This is a perfect time to think of new ways to celebrate.

4. Plan Ahead

Set aside specific days for baking, connection with friends and family, and shopping.


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5. Don’t Abandon Healthy Habits

Limit overindulgence with food and alcohol. Also, take walks/exercise.

6. Limit Screen Time

Excessive time on social media or TV can increase an already stressful time.

7. Stay Connected

There are many ways to stay connected with friends and family — FaceTime, Zoom phone calls, old-fashioned letter writing and drive-by visits.

8. Reach Out.

If you need someone to talk to, reach out to friends, family, church leaders and others you trust.

You know yourself best. If you feel you are in need of help, do not hesitate to seek professional care.

The Living Well Network is available for assessment and referral at 901-762-8558. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255.

Help is available for everyone

If your employer doesn't offer EAP services, the Living Well Network is here to help.

LWN connects people to behavioral health resources, educates people about mental health and advocates for more communication and resources for mental health.

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