Tips to Handle the Holidays

The holidays are often filled with celebrations and cheer, but they can be stressful, tiring, and overwhelming, too.

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Gathering with friends and family for holidays is an occasion many look forward to, but it can come with stress and frustration. Taking care of yourself and loved ones with developmental disabilities is an important key to enjoying your holidays.


Being honest and transparent with your wants and needs is important. It’s important to include all family members in the planning of holiday gatherings.

Avoid triggers

New situations, loud noise, new foods, and large crowds of people can be triggering for anyone. Take into account what is likely to cause you stress and avoid those situations when you can.

Stick to a schedule

Stick to your routine as much as possible. Eat healthy meals, get plenty of rest, and keep to your daily schedule where you can.

Taking a break, exercising, and prioritizing your mental health are essential for enjoying the holidays this year.

The Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities (TuscBDD) has resources for children and adults with developmental disabilities. TuscBDD provides Early Intervention for children birth to three years old, Service and Support Administration for people of all ages, family support services, family mentorship, and more! To learn more about these services and others, visit TuscBDD online at www.tuscbdd.org or call them at (330) 308-7173.

Audrey Mattevi

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