The holiday season brings a load of demands and stress. With some practical tips, you can minimize the anxieties and may end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought. Here are a couple:

ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR FEELINGS | It’s OK to feel sadness during the holidays, and to cry or express your feelings. You can’t force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season.

REACH OUT | If you’re feeling sadness during the holidays, it also may help to talk to a friend or family member. Try reaching out with a text, a call, or a video chat. Whatever feels comfortable to you

VOLUNTEER | Doing something for somebody is a good way to lift your spirits. Drop off a meal or dessert at a friend’s house during the holidays.

BE REALISTIC | The holidays don’t have to be perfect. As families change and grow, things often change as well. Just be flexible and understand that things can change at the last minute.  If your family can’t come to your home for the holidays, find new ways to celebrate together.

SET ASIDE DIFFERENCES | Try to accept family and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to your expectations. If you really value relationships for what they could be or at least for what they are, you’ll understand that letting things go and being quiet is more important than proving a point