Managing Holiday Season Stress

“It’s Christmas, and we’re all in misery.”

In National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Ellen Griswold announces this to her daughter as they manage the scrum and excitement of holiday guests, family tensions, and the re-emergence of bad habits. And truly, the holiday season is a time of excitement, with family coming together, delicious meals, and engaging in religious rituals. But it is also a period that, when in full swing, can cause anxiety, stress, disappointment, and sadness, all of which can trigger existing mental health and substance use challenges even among the most joyous revelers.

Here’s what to look for – and what to do – to take care of yourself and loved ones during this hectic season.

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