How to Cope With Holiday Stress

Let’s face it, the holidays are great…but they can also be a significant source of stress. Too much to do, so many places to be, high expectations, and budget crunches can cause emotions to run high. Here’s how to cope!

Take a break.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the length or complexity of your to-do list, remember to take a break. You can only do so much, and it’s essential to take time for yourself. Enjoy a cup of tea, a hot bath, or a power nap. Consider carving out some time for a quick yoga practice or a walk—anything that will help you relax.

Practice mindfulness.
Holiday time is notorious for long lines and short tempers. If you find yourself frustrated with the hustle and bustle, remember to pause and take a breath. Give yourself a moment to react intentionally and choose a response that doesn’t make you feel worse. You can’t control the stresses of the holidays, but you can control how you respond to them. After a moment’s reflection, you may discover you’re glad to have a few minutes to stand still in the eye of the holiday storm!

Be intentional.
What matters most to you this holiday season? Spending time with family? Spreading comfort and joy? Shining a light for others? Set your intention and call it to mind in moments of stress or anxiety. Reminding yourself of what’s truly important can help you not sweat the small stuff in the heat of the holidays.

Embrace imperfection.
It’s only natural to have high expectations for the holidays—and to be disappointed when celebrations don’t go as planned. Accepting that perfection is an unrealistic expectation can help you reduce stress—and enjoy the moment—when things don’t go according to plan.

Get enough sleep.
As you’re wrapping up the year at work, knocking out your holiday shopping list, and celebrating the season, it’s easy to burn the candle at both ends. But your body needs rest to recharge for the next day, so put sleep on your holiday to-do list, too.

Eat balanced meals.
A little overindulgence is expected during the holidays! However, your body needs healthy food, too. Eating regular, balanced meals will keep your energy up for holiday fun.

Set boundaries.
You don’t have to do it all—even if it’s hard to say no. Perhaps you can delegate responsibilities to a family member or reschedule a get-together after the New Year. You’ll enjoy the holidays more if you don’t spread yourself too thin!

Do you need holiday help?

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  • Keep up with seasonal demand
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  • Enjoy the holidays

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