Tips for Coping with the Holidays

Tips for Coping with the Holidays. 5 printable PDF tip sheets to help you conquer perfectionism, difficult family members, stress, overwhelm, and depression.



Introducing 5 New Holiday Tip Sheets from Psychotherapist and Codependency Expert Sharon Martin, LCSW


Are you dreading the holidays because of difficult people in your life?

Do you tend to get stressed, sad, or overwhelmed during December?

Do you want to set a positive tone for the holiday season?

Would it be helpful to keep some coping strategies ready at hand?

Are you giving a presentation on mental health or healthy relationships over the holidays or looking for a helpful handout for your support group?

I’ve put together a bundle of 5 holiday tip sheets, formatted as PDFs and ready for immediate download, to help you manage difficult holiday situations and feelings.

1) Guide to Healthy Holiday Boundaries

Healthy boundaries create a framework that lets people know how to treat you. They help create respectful, mutual relationships because expectations are clear. Boundary problems tend to occur when you put someone else's needs before your own and allow yourself to be mistreated or devalued.

The holidays add some extra challenges when it comes to healthy boundaries. As you know, the holiday season means more social commitments, financial pressures, family gatherings, lots of eating and drinking. This tip sheet will help you to navigate challenging situations and set healthy boundaries throughout the holiday season.

2) Tips to Help You Embrace Imperfection During the Holidays

Are you a bit of a perfectionist? Do you want things to be just right or you’ll feel disappointed and frustrated? Do you try to make everyone happy?

Because of our perfectionism, we can get caught up in the to-do lists, the decisions, and the holiday planning. Sometimes we overthink all the details -- from the party menu to buying the perfect gift for everyone on our list. We have a vision of what the holidays "should" look like, but inevitably something ruins our efforts to create a perfect holiday. My 6 tips for embracing imperfection during the holidays will help you cope when things don’t go as planned.

3) Beat the Winter Blues

If you’re prone to the “winter blues”, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or tend to feel down around the holidays, it may be tempting to curl up on your couch, dig into your favorite comfort food, and binge watch TV. This is fine on the occasional Sunday afternoon, but if you suffer from depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder, it’s not going to be helpful on a regular basis. This PDF provides 15 actionable tips for coping with the winter blues.

4) 7 Ways to Take Care of Yourself During the Holidays

Does your holiday look like the pictures in magazines and catalogs or the ones you see in the movies? We all know it’s supposed to be a joyful time of year filled with happy family gatherings, plentiful gifts, and a joyful spirit. But for some, the reality is far different – the family gatherings are painful, finances are tight, or your grieving heart is broken.

I wish I could promise you a solution to heal fractured relationships and painful memories, to bring you joy and peace, but many problems can’t be solved so quickly or easily. Instead, we can love and care for ourselves through the challenges that the holidays can bring. We can choose to be the best versions of ourselves and empower ourselves to celebrate (or not celebrate) in the ways that feel right for us. Giving yourself the gift of self-care may be the most important gift you’ll receive!

5) Mindfulness Strategies to Help You Enjoy the Holidays

Do you find you’re frequently trying to squeeze more into your day by multi-tasking?  Or do you miss pieces of conversations or opportunities to connect because you’re distracted, rehashing the past, or worrying about the future?

In an effort to be more productive, we often try to do multiple things at once. But multitasking actually makes us less efficient and prevents us from fully enjoying the present moment. Staying mindful, or present-focused, can help you enjoy the holidays and can decrease anxiety, depression, and stress. This mindfulness tip sheet is full of ideas for being more mindful during the holidays.

These holiday tips sheets are only available during the holiday season (through December 31st), so don’t miss your chance to purchase a set. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and find these self-help printables helpful.

These holiday tips sheets are only available during the holiday season (through December 31st), so don’t miss your chance to purchase a set. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and find these coping strategies helpful.

©2017 Sharon Martin, LCSW. All rights reserved.


Sharon Martin is a psychotherapist, writer, speaker, and media contributor on emotional health and relationships. She specializes in helping people uncover their inherent worth and learn to accept themselves -- imperfections and all! Sharon writes a popular blog called Happily Imperfect for and is the author of The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism: Evidence-Based Skills to Help You Let Go of Self-Criticism, Build Self-Esteem, and Find Balance and several ebooks including Navigating the Codependency Maze.

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