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Getting Through the Holidays

Reducing Stress for Your Physical and Mental Health


Updated November 12, 2013

Whether you are dealing with depression, grief or a medical condition during the holidays, it always comes down to stress in one form or another. Here is information can help you have a happier holiday no matter what is causing you stress from a variety of About.com Guides.
  • Agoraphobia and the Holidays
    From About Phobias Guide Lisa Fritscher, information on triggers for agoraphobia and the best way to cope when the holidays demand that you deal with your condition.

  • Avoiding Holiday Allergies
    Allergies Guide Daniel More has tips for keeping yourself and your family safe during the holiday season.

  • Bah, Humbug!
    Bipolar Guide Marcia Purse shares her personal experience in dealing with dysphoria during the holidays.

  • Caregiver Stress
    Lynne Eldridge has help for cancer caregivers that is good advice for anyone who is taking care of a loved one who his ill during the holidays.

  • Dangers of the Holiday Season
    Ways to keep the holiday season a lot safer, from Alcoholism Guide BuddyT.

  • Does a White Christmas Make You Blue?
    Too often we spend holidays angry, stressed, and blue. Nancy Schimelpfening asks, why does this happen and how can we avoid it?

  • Food Allergy Survival Guide for the Holiday Season
    Food Allergies Guide Jeanette Bradley offers tips on navigating holiday parties, traveling safely, and enjoying the holidays with food allergies.

  • Gluten-Free Holiday Coping
    If you're sitting at the holiday dinner table while your friends and family enjoy foods you can no longer have, it can be painful and make you feel left out. About Celiac Disoease Guide Jane Anders has some things you can try to make it easier, even if this is your first year celebrating gluten-free.

  • Have a Debt-Free Holiday
    This article from Frugal Living Guide Erin Huffstetler is aimed at Christmas, but no matter what holiday you celebrate, some of these money-saving tips will help you.

  • Hectic Holidays
    Good Christmas advice for people with arthritis from Guide Carol Eustice.

  • Holiday Blues and Seniors
    There are special emotional dangers for seniors at this time of year. Guide Marian Eure has excellent advice for coping.

  • Holiday Have-Tos and IBS
    IBS Guide Barbara Bradley Bolen, Ph.D. offers these steps for managing holiday obligations when you are dealing with a chronic health condition like Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

  • Holiday Shopping With Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Guide Adrienne Dellwo offers ways to make holiday shopping less taxing on you, physically and mentally.

  • Holiday Stress and Smoking
    From Quit Smoking Guide Terry Martin, tips to help you manage holiday stress and stay smoke-free.

  • Infertility and Holiday Gatherings
    Holidays can remind people struggling with infertility that their family building has not gone as hoped. Guide Rachel Gurevich presents helpful ideas for coping.

  • Loneliness During the Holidays
    If you can't get together with family or friends, loneliness can make the holiday season an unhappy one. Elizabeth Scott of About Stress speaks to this issue with suggestions on keeping the loneliness from taking over.

  • A Not So Happy Holiday
    Holiday support for those dealing with infertility or the loss of a baby from Robin Weiss, Pregnancy Guide.

  • PTSD and the Holidays
    A person with PTSD can take measures to better cope with the holidays. Here is a list of several coping strategies that may be helpful, from Guide Matthew Tull.

  • 'Tis the Season to be Stressed Out?
    Planning stress-free holidays from a women's health perspective.

  • Social Anxiety Disorder - Holiday Coping Tips
    In order to survive the holiday season, there are things that you can do to cope with your anxiety. From Guide Arlin Cunic.

  • Surviving the Holidays with Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    When you have an illness that saps your energy, a successful holiday season starts with a good plan. Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Guide Adrienne Dellwo walks you through the planning process.

  • When Grief Comes Home for the Holidays
    If someone you love is experiencing grief this holiday season, here's what you can do to offer them comfort, from Guide Nancy Schimelpfening.

  • Winter Moods
    Former Bipolar Disorder Guide Kimberly Bailey's look at SAD includes a list of symptoms that might help your sense of humor kick back in.
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