Praeclarus Press Founder, Health Psychologist Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett offers Recommendations and Resources for Keeping Sane During the Holidays

Tips to Overcome Holiday Stress

Stress and depression rates go up during the Holiday Season. Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett offers some strategies to help people cope.

The Holiday Season can be a highly stressful. It’s a time that the songs promise that it’s the “most wonderful time of the year.” In reality, depression and suicide rates go up in December and many people just feel overwhelmed. They run from activity to activity, eat and spend too much, and may even feel that everyone is having a better life than them. It’s a time when many feel lonely and may grieve for loved ones who are far away or who have died. Although this time of year is stressful, there are some things people can do to cope and enjoy the holidays more according to health psychologist and Praeclarus Press founder, Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett.

1.    Keep your expectations realistic.

“We shouldn’t expect week upon week of unending happiness during the holidays. There will be ups and downs just like during the rest of the year. Nor should we expect our homes, families, and ourselves to look and behave like the mythic creatures on television and in magazines.”

2.    Reach out to others.

“In attempting to keep up with our long list of shoulds, it’s very easy to get focused only on ourselves or the needs of our immediate families. You may come away from the holidays feeling like you haven’t measured up. Sometimes the best antidote for this self-focus is reaching out someone who truly has less. Find out about opportunities for helping others who have a tough time during the holidays, and involve your families. This can be a wonderful opportunity to spend some quality time together, and do some good for others at the same time.”

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