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Navigating Holiday Stress

While the holiday season is filled with joy and cheer, this season can also bring a heightened sense of stress. There are so many demands  – holiday events, hosting, entertaining family and friends, and shopping for gift giving just to name a few. With some tips, you can minimize the stress of the season.

It’s Okay to Say No

The holiday season comes with a ton of extra events – office parties, increased financial responsibilities, and more time with extended family members. It is easy for feelings of being overwhelmed to creep in. Be sure to keep in mind to prioritize your mental health along with all the commitments that come with this time of year. If your presence is not required, consider taking the night off from a holiday party or work event to recharge. With all the hustle and bustle of the season, it is imperative to continue to incorporate self-care and avoid burnout.


Several studies have shown that in addition to increasing your fitness levels, exercise can also boost your emotional state. Exercising releases feel good hormones called endorphins that elevate your mood. Even though there is an increased demand on your time, do not neglect your physical health. Be sure to take that walk outside in the sunshine, go for a light jog, or check out your favorite dance class.

Recognize Your Feelings

The holidays are not a joyous occasion for all individuals. Perhaps you have recently lost a loved one or have a strained relationship with a family member. Remember that is it normal to feel grief or sadness at this time. Be sure to take time for your feelings. You may want to cry, or reflect, begin a new tradition, or memorialize your loved one in some way.

Create A Budget

It is tempting to go above and beyond with gift giving to make this one the best holiday season yet. However, it is practical to set limits and boundaries to reduce strain. Try creating a budget and sticking to it. Additionally, instead of purchasing all gifts, you can try to make thoughtful, homemade gifts for your loved ones. Furthermore, you can implement a family gift exchange in lieu of traditional gift giving.


In the age of social media, it is easy to always be connected. The holiday season can be depressing if you are not close to your family but are constantly exposed to status updates about everyone else’s festive holiday. Give the updates a rest, and focus on being present in the moment and relaxing.

Above all else, be kind to yourself.

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