Holidays can trigger sadness and grief. Look for supportive people, avoid those who are not.
"Don't spend time with negative people who are going to bring you down. Surround yourself with loving, warm and healthy people who are going to help you stay secure and sane during the holidays," Meghan Lemery, LCSW-R/Psychotherapist said.
Family dysfunction can ruin a holiday season.
"Examine your motive to spending time with family. If it is out of guilt and fear, you have to take a step back and be willing to make changes to honor your peace," Lemery said.
If there are issues with certain people, limit your time.
"If you have difficult family members, have a plan to spend only a short amount of time with them. Let them know you will be definitely be stopping by but for a short period," Lemery said.
What do you do if they get mad at you for not spending more time?
"How a family reacts to your decision to honor your own mental health and peace, is not your problem," Lemery said.
Some people manage stress by drinking and eating too much, which can make the problem worse. It’s best to stay focused on healthy habits.
Find out more in this “Healthy Living” in the video above.