For some, the holiday season often brings unwelcome guests named stress and depression. And it's no wonder. The holidays present a long list of demands, like parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few.
The holiday blues hit hard for Jacqueline Jordan. Her husband passed away a few months ago and her 25 year old daughter has been in prison for drugs and she now has custody of her grandson. She says at this time of year...her world is crumbling.
Here a few more tips to keep the holidays stress and blues free
Be realistic. The holidays don't have to be perfect or just like last year.
as families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well.
Set aside differences. try to accept family members and friends as they are even if they don't live up to all of your expectations.
Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending 15 minutes alone without distractions may refresh you enough to do everything you need to do.
And watch the alcohol. Too much can lead to troubled times this holiday season.