Mental Health Tips for the Holidays

The holiday season is a time of joy and relaxation. However, for many reasons, the holidays can also be overwhelming or a source of stress. For some people, this time of year comes with feelings of depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Fortunately, there are simple strategies to help manage our mental health this holiday season.

Mental Health Management Strategies

Here are a few ideas for strategies to manage your mental health:

  • Stay in touch with your feelings. You may find yourself feeling sad, anxious, or lonely, and that is okay. Think about productive ways to manage these feelings that can help you feel better long-term. You can try journaling, talking to a friend or family member, or joining a group (in-person or online).
  • Plan ahead and ask for help, especially when hosting holiday gatherings. Make a list of what you need to get done and identify which tasks you can get help with. For example, if you are hosting a holiday dinner you can ask a guest to bring dessert or a side dish to help take something off your plate. You can also delegate tasks to help lighten your load (kids love to help decorate!)
  • Stick to your budget. Financial concerns are a source of stress for many people. Find creative ways to stay in your budget, like family gift exchanges instead of purchasing gifts for everyone. You can also write a heartfelt letter or email to connect with people you care about. For many people, a visit, phone call, or other forms of quality time are more meaningful than a purchased gift.
  • Learn ways to manage your stress year-round. From free classes to appointments with mental health specialists, Primary Care Networks can help you find strategies that work for you. A list of free ESPCN classes is available at If you prefer a one-on-one approach, ask your family doctor about meeting with a Behavioural Health Consultant or Social Worker.


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Adults over the age of 55 can also access the Seniors’ Centre Without Walls (SCWW). SCWW is a free, phone-based program that offers a variety of interactive health and well-being information sessions, recreational activities, and friendly conversations. The program provides opportunities to socialize, learn new skills, and stay connected from the comfort of your home. This program is open to older adults aged 55+ living anywhere in Alberta who find it difficult to leave their homes and participate in social activities in their community.

Find more information about SCWW at or call 780-395-2626 to register.