Healthy Ways to Deal With the Stress of the Holidays

Updated: Jun 29

November marks the beginning of the holiday season, and while the holidays may still feel far away, they are sure to be here before you know it. Everyone looks forward to spending time with friends and family, going to parties, and eating tons of delicious food, but what people don’t look forward to is the stress that comes with it. In today’s post, we will provide you with a few tips on how you can deal with the stress of the holidays in a healthy way so that you can enjoy them as much as possible.

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Commit to Less

During the holiday season, it may seem like every person you know is hosting a party or some type of gathering. Trying to attend each and every event on top of your own shopping and cooking can start to feel overwhelming. Instead of striving for perfect attendance at every party, tell yourself that it’s okay to say no, especially if you’re exhausted or stressed. If you ignore those feelings or try to push through them, you will feel even more drained than you did before. Do yourself a favor this holiday season and give yourself permission to commit to less so that you can enjoy the holidays more.

Forget Perfection

You may feel like you spend most of the holiday season cooking, cleaning, or shopping. If you’re hosting a party or having relatives stay with you for the holidays, you may feel the pressure to make your home look spotless and cook a meal that they will never forget. Putting that pressure on yourself is only going to make you stress even more, and it may even take some of the fun out of decorating or baking cookies for the holiday.

This year, try and push away the need to be perfect, and have some fun with all of the preparations you have to do. Don’t worry if there are a few areas of your home that are a little cluttered or perhaps one of your gingerbread cookies looks a little off. Imperfections are normal, and nobody is going to fault you for taking it easy, especially if it lets you relax.

Watch Your Diet

It’s normal to eat more during the holidays, and a few cookies or holiday treats here or there won’t be the end of the world. However, it’s important to keep in mind what certain foods will do for your mood. For example, fatty foods and sweets will lead to less energy, and eating too many can lead to you feeling more stressed than you were before. Try to limit the amount of sugar you consume, and try to eat a few veggies when you can. It might also help to go for a walk before or after a holiday meal to help keep your energy up.

Give Yourself Time to Rest

When you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed by the holidays, the best thing you can do for yourself is rest, even if it’s only for a day. Taking the time you need to enjoy some peace and quiet will not only allow your body and mind to recuperate, but it will also help you feel more excited for the next event on your schedule!

In addition to taking time to rest during the holidays, it’s also important to slow down and rest before the holidays are over. It can be really difficult to get back into your normal routine when the hustle and bustle of the holidays suddenly stop. Taking time to rest as the holidays wind down can help make the transition easier from parties and guests to a suddenly empty house and nothing on your social calendar.

Put Away Technology

Technology has become a big part of many people’s lives, and putting it away for a short period of time can be very beneficial. Constant calls, texts, or social media updates can either add to your stress or cause you to feel like you’re being left out. If you’re checking your phone or responding to messages when you’re supposed to be spending time from family, it can also take you out of the moment.

Instead, make the decision to put your cell phone away for the night so that you can focus on your family and friends. If looking at social media is making you feel lonely, sad, or stressed, consider taking your profile down or deleting the app from your phone. You might be surprised how little you miss checking your accounts when they are no longer available or easy to look at.

Sign Up for a Post-Holiday Relaxation Retreat

If you can’t help but feel stressed during the holidays, give yourself the chance to recover by scheduling a relaxation retreat with Karuna Access 360. We provide you with tips and tricks for stress care, teach you how to forgive yourself, help you boost your self-esteem, and so much more! In just a week, you can walk away feeling better and more secure in your body than ever before. Explore our website to learn more, and give us a call to register today. In the meantime, keep checking back to find more tips for stress care!