Mental Strength 10 Ways to Stay Mentally Strong During the Holidays By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Published on December 09, 2022 Print Verywell / Julie Bang Table of Contents View All Table of Contents Friday Fix: Episode 222 More About the Podcast Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern. Follow Now: Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcasts / Amazon Music Friday Fix: Episode 222 It’s called “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many people, the holidays aren’t joy-filled. In fact, this time of year can be extra tough in many ways. The holidays can amplify existing issues, like loneliness. They create a lot of stress, including financial strain, for many people. Sprinkle in some family tension, grief, and end-of-the-year deadlines, and it’s a recipe for higher rates of distress. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to stay mentally strong throughout the holidays. Remember that staying strong doesn’t mean pasting on a smile and ignoring your distress. It means taking care of your feelings, setting healthy boundaries, and reframing those unhelpful thoughts. You might find a balance this year between reducing your problems and reducing your distress. That may mean a combination of attending fewer events, setting helpful boundaries, and reaching for healthy coping skills. On this episode of The Verywell Mind Podcast, I share the biggest concerns our listeners have about the holidays this year and the top 10 things you can do to stay mentally strong this holiday season. 5 Ways to Manage Your Mental Health During the Holidays, According to a Therapist More About the Podcast The Verywell Mind Podcast is available across all streaming platforms. If you like the show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews and ratings are a great way to encourage other people to listen and help them prioritize their mental health too. Editor’s Note: Please be mindful that this transcript does not go through our standard editorial process and may contain inaccuracies and grammatical errors. Thank you. For media or public speaking inquiries, contact Amy here. Download the Transcript Links and Resources Follow Amy Morin on Instagram Check out Amy’s books on mental strength If You Liked This Episode You Might Also Like These Episodes: Friday Fix: How to Find Inner Strength When You Need it the Most How to Set Boundaries With Therapist Nedra Glover Tawwab Friday Fix: 10 Ways to Say No and Stick to It 18 Effective Stress Relief Strategies By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk, "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Speak to a Therapist Online Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Verywell Mind receives compensation.