Of course, I want to add:
_Keep expectations for the holiday season manageable. Make a list and prioritize important activities. Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.
_Remember the holiday season does not banish pre-existing feelings of sadness or loneliness.
_Look toward the future. Each season is different and can be enjoyed in its own way. Don't set yourself up in comparing today with the "good old days."
_Do something for someone else. Try volunteering to help others.
_Enjoy activities that are free, such as looking at holiday decorations, window-shopping without buying, making a snowman with children.
_Be aware excessive drinking will only increase feelings of depression.
_Save time for yourself. Recharge your batteries.
(SOURCE: Mental Health Association of Colorado)
_ Stay in the moment by bringing the mind back to whatever is immediately at hand.
_ Give yourself time for meditation. It is actually more restful than sleep.