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5 Tips to Manage Stress During the Holidays

The holidays are a time of year when people often experience high levels of stress. With all the planning that goes into preparing for parties, decorating your house, and shopping for gifts it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by everything on your plate. In this blog post we will give you 5 tips to manage holiday stress so that you can enjoy the season!

This year we want to help everyone get ready for the holidays with less stress and more fun. Managing holiday stress is important because it makes you able enjoy time spent with your loved ones, reduces weight gain from overeating during traveling season, and helps lower blood pressure, which benefits both physical and mental health! So try some of our tips below.

1: Set your priorities, and keep on top of them

Don’t wait until last minute: If there is something you need or want to do around the holidays, don’t leave it until the last minute thinking that somehow things will just fall in place without any effort from yourself. Procrastination may seem like an effective way to save some money but if anything gets left undone then how much was really saved? Prepare early and be prepared for the stress that comes with it.

What is most important to you?: When planning your holiday activities, make sure to focus on the things that are most important to you and your family. If spending time with friends or going to a certain party is more important than buying all the latest gadgets then go for it!

Prioritize according to what is most important to you, not the people around you.

Embrace imperfection: The holidays are filled with all sorts of stories and situations that make for great memories in the long run but can cause stress in the moment when they happen. No matter how much planning goes into something there will always be room for error or unexpected events! Holiday parties don’t have to go perfectly; if someone spills their drink on your shirt it’s okay because everyone knows accidents happen during the holidays (and it gives them a good story). Work against overwhelming yourself by embracing any accidental mistakes made instead of stressing over them.

Learn from past experiences: Throughout life we face many different challenges some difficult than others. When these challenges come up we often learn a lot from them and can use what we’ve learned to better ourselves. When holiday planning or activities start become overwhelming, think back on past experiences that may have been difficult for you and see what lessons they taught you about yourself!

Write out your plans: It’s very helpful to write down all of the things you need to do before taking action so that nothing is forgotten. Prioritize each task according to how important it is based off of deadlines and make sure everything has a time it needs to be completed by (this will help when writing your schedule). If certain tasks are too challenging then try breaking them into smaller parts; don’t put unreasonable expectations upon yourself because this will only result in more stress!

2. Identify your stressors

Identify your stressors: What are the things that tend to cause you the most stress during the holidays? Is it dealing with large crowds at the mall, getting the house clean for guests, or trying to come up with new and original gift ideas? Once you know what your stressors are, you can start developing strategies to deal with them.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, try taking it easy for an hour or two and relax before jumping back into your tasks. Try going out with family or friends if possible so that there is always someone else around to help pick up where you left off when you get back home. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance either, even though some things may seem like they should only have to be done by just you – don’t let pride get in the way of asking for help when what needs doing isn’t getting done quickly enough on your own. Even if no one helps you directly, simply explaining how stressed out about something can be immensely helpful: indeed, often empathy is far more effective in helping us to feel better than any sort of physical assistance.

If all else fails, take a break. If you feel like you can’t continue with the task at hand, then stop and walk away for a little while. Take some time to yourself to relax: watch TV, read your favourite book, or just take a nap. Sometimes it’s necessary to completely step away from what we’re doing in order to come back later with fresh energy and be able to complete our tasks more effectively.

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, try to keep the following in mind:

Don’t let time get away from you. If it’s getting late or past a certain hour then stop what your doing and go to bed; don’t risk pushing yourself too hard because that only makes things worse! Instead of staying up until midnight trying to finish all of your work at once (and not sleeping) just take some time off beforehand and come back later with more energy so that everything gets done properly. Remember rest is important for both mental health as well as physical health so make sure you have regular breaks when working on any sort of task no matter how small!

3. Talk about it

Talk about it: If feelings of stress begin to overwhelm you, talk to someone about it. Whether that’s a friend, family member, therapist, or even just talking into a tape recorder, expressing how you’re feeling can help lighten the load.

Often simply talking about our problems makes them feel more manageable and can even provide some good ideas. But at the end of the day, solutions aren’t what most of us are looking for; we’re looking for good-old-fashioned empathy.

What is empathy? Empathy, is the ability to recognize and share feelings of others. It’s what motivates us to help our friends when they’re struggling with something or looking for support after a difficult event. When someone isn’t feeling okay—whether it’s because of an illness, mental health issue, or anything else that can cause stress—empathy tells them they are not alone.

The importance of empathy can be seen in many aspects of life, but it becomes especially important when stress starts piling up on us. If feelings of stress begin to overwhelm you, talk with someone about it. If you’re not sure who to talk to, there are plenty of online resources available that can help connect you with people who may be able to offer assistance or advice. Take a look at websites like The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) for support groups and other helpful information.

Talking about stress can also help us better understand it. The more we know about our personal triggers and what helps to reduce our stress levels, the better equipped we are to deal with it. And finally, talking about stress can help break the stigma that surrounds talking about our feelings. By sharing our stories and experiences, we help to normalize healthy coping habits, and that makes things easier for everyone in the long run.

So if you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress, don’t hesitate to talk about it. It could be the first step on your road to relief.

4. Identify what you can control, and what you can’t.

When it comes to our mental health, it’s important that we take some time to identify what we can control and what we can’t. For example, while we may not be able to change how others behave, we can always change how we react to them. Similarly, while there are some things in life that are out of our hands, such as the weather or natural disasters, there are still many things that we can work on improving. It’s all about taking a step back and evaluating what areas of our lives need the most attention. From there, we can start making small changes that will have a big impact over time. Control is an essential part of maintaining our mental well-being; it gives us a sense of stability.

It’s important to understand how much control we have in our lives so that when things get tough, we can remember why it is worth the effort.

But how do we know what we can control? It’s all about taking a step back and evaluating what areas of our lives need the most attention. From there, we can start making small changes that will have a big impact over time. Control is an essential part of maintaining our mental well-being; it gives us a sense of stability. It’s important to understand how much control we have in our lives so that when things get tough, we can remember why it is worth the effort . When it comes to our mental health, it’s important that we take some time to sit down and really consider what we do and do not have control over.

5. Know when to make for the exit

If you are unhappy in your family situation, even if it is for a good reason, then don’t feel guilty or stubborn about making the difficult decision to leave. It might not be easy but once you can get through this initial period of time where things aren’t so comfortable and familiar anymore, life will move on much smoother than before because at least it’s what you want out of life instead of something that was forced upon you by others. Sometimes we forget how powerful our thoughts really are! They have serious power over us when we let them run wild with negative feelings like guilt which only serve as unhelpful distractions from simply taking action into creating positive change in your own life regardless of other people’s opinions, and their feelings.

This is not about you vs them, because it’s really just about making the decision that feels right for you. It doesn’t matter if others don’t like your choices; what matters is whether or not they empower and encourage you to be yourself in life.

You deserve to live (and love) a fulfilling life! You will never regret taking action on something that makes your heart sing each time when pursuing your dreams even if at first things might get tough, but eventually everything will work out beautifully once you take control of where your thoughts are leading towards . The more we can do this instead of allowing our own thoughts to run away with us into negative thinking patterns , then the easier it becomes over time as well as less challenging since these types of negative thoughts tend to be very habitual .

The most important thing is that you don’t forget how powerful your thoughts really are, and that you use this power for good in your own life. If something doesn’t feel right, or if it’s not what you want out of life then have the courage to make a change, because it’s never too late!

If you’re feeling lost or uncertain about your next steps in life, remember that control is an essential part of maintaining our mental well-being. By taking some time to evaluate what we can and cannot control, we can start making small changes that will have a big impact over time. And if things get tough, remember why’s worth the effort. You deserve to


The last thing you want to do is burn yourself out. Your brain needs time to recharge and your body does too. That’s why it’s important that you take some downtime for yourself every day, even if it means only spending 10 minutes on a hobby or reading an article about something unrelated to work. You don’t have to be perfect all of the time – nobody is! But getting stressed over small things will make everything seem like more than what they are worth which can lead you down a spiral where nothing seems good enough for you anymore. So set your priorities, identify your stressors, talk about them with someone who cares, know when it’s best not to try so hard and leave before feeling overwhelmed.”