While the holidays are usually associated with spending time with those you love, for those who are experiencing loss, the holiday season can be a very difficult time. OC MindMatters understands this difficulty and we hope you spend a few minutes listening to our podcast and reading the related resources on the important topic of Grief and Loss During the Holidays.

Mental Health Resources for Young Adults and Adults

Children's Mental Health Resources

Holiday Stressor Tips for Kids:

Kids can experience stress during the holidays due to various factors such as academic pressures, social expectations, changes in routine, and family dynamics. It's important to provide them with support, understanding, and tools to manage their stress and enjoy the holiday season.

  • Stick to routines: Maintain regular bedtimes and daily routines to provide a sense of stability.
  • Encourage open communication: Create a safe space for kids to express their feelings and concerns.
  • Set boundaries: Help kids understand that it's okay to say no to certain activities or events if it becomes too much. Teach them to prioritize their own well-being.
  • Foster gratitude and kindness: Encourage kids to focus on the positive aspects of the holidays and engage in giving back activities.
  • Have fun traditions: Create special holiday traditions that bring joy and excitement. This can help kids focus on the positive aspects of the season.
  • Your Holiday Happiness: Manage Anxiety and Depression: Anxiety and Depression Association of America: strategies for reducing stress and travel fears, as well as tips for helping anxious children.