Cuyahoga County, OH: The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County is offering tips on reducing extra stresses and anxiety in its Coping with the Holidays booklet. The booklet is available on the ADAMHS Board website

“With the upcoming holiday season many of us may be excited to begin our yearly traditions, which can be fun but also overwhelming. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed while prepping for and participating in holiday activities,” stated Scott S. Osiecki, Chief Executive Officer of the ADAMHS Board. “The Coping with the Holidays booklet is filled with strategies to help individuals take care of themselves and lets people know that its ok to set limits, put support systems in place, and that self-care is important throughout the holiday season.”

Coping with the Holidays offers suggestions on things like how to reduce stress, deal with loss or change and enjoy the holidays safely and on a budget. In addition, resource numbers are listed for those who find the stress of this holiday season too much to handle. The 24-Hour Warm Line is available at 440-886-5950. Peer-supporters will listen and talk you through things. The 24-Hour Suicide Prevention, Mental Health/Addiction Crisis, Information and Diversion Center Referral Hotline is available at 216-623-6888. If in crisis, you can also call or text 988. Below is the full list of topics included in the booklet this year.

  • Tips for Overcoming Holiday Stress
  • 10 Ways to Take Charge of your Holiday Plans
  • 7 Holiday Season Self-Care Tips
  • Grieving During the Holidays
  • Children and the Holidays
  • Dealing with Loss/Change Over the Holidays
  • Tips for Individuals in Recovery
  • Hosting a Recovery-Friendly Celebration
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Supporting Older Adults
  • 10 Meaningful/Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate
  • Reach Out if You Need Help