Best Wishes for the Holiday Season from the MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health


The holiday season is a time to sit back and take stock of the past year.  We get to be with family, with friends, and, if we’re lucky, to take a bit of a break.  However, the last year has been tough for so many.  TThis is again a holiday season without precedent.  On the one hand, it seems as if many people are for the first time since the pandemic expanding their holiday celebrations.  On the other hand, many people continue to play it safe, attempting to avoid not only CoVID, but the flu and RSV.  For the vast majority of us, the holidays have looked very different over the last few years.

While there are plenty of opportunities to feel connected, joyful, and thankful, this time of year also brings pressures, expectations, conflict, disappointment, loneliness, and even grief.  

From the members of the MGH Psychiatry Community, some words of wisdom to guide you through the holiday season: 


Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

The Holiday Season: Tips for Post Pandemic Celebrations

Coping With Holiday Stress: 11 Parenting Tips

How To Survive The Holidays With Teens

Strategies for Managing Holiday Stress – Shrinking It Down Podcast


The Family Dinner Project

 When the Holidays Change

Post-COVID Gatherings: Anxiety Dreams and Shaky Starts

How to Handle Holiday Dinners This Year 

Making Family Dinner New for the New Year


Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine

How to Manage Holiday Stress 

Guided Relaxation Exercises


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