How to deal with holiday stress

Stay calm and enjoy your holiday season.


From parties and shopping, to family and travel, the holidays can be demanding. It’s no wonder it’s so easy to be stressed. But managing your stress is important for your health and well-being. And it’s essential to you being able to enjoy the holiday season.


Minimize your holiday stress

Here are some helpful ways to minimize the stress that often comes with the holidays.

  • Be realistic – The holidays don’t have to be perfect.
  • Reach out – Talk with family or friends if you need support.
  • Set a budget – Know in advance how much you can afford to spend.
  • Plan ahead – Avoid last-minute shopping or grocery store trips.
  • Learn to say no – Know your limitations and stick to them.
  • Don’t abandon healthy habits – Eat healthy, get plenty of sleep and be sure to exercise.
  • Make time for yourself – This can be as simple as taking a bath or reading a book.

Traveling for the holidays

Most people have no choice but to travel for the holidays. Whether it’s to another country or just twenty minutes away to visit family or friends, it can be a stressful time. Here are a few ways to improve your experience:

  • Don’t travel on peak days.
  • Arrive early.
  • Leave yourself extra time so you don’t rush.
  • Reserve airport parking ahead of time.
  • Print boarding passes at home to avoid ticket counters.
  • Be patient, remembering that everyone is in the same situation.
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The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.