Published on November 27, 2017

4 Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress

The holidays can be a wonderful time with family and friends, but they can also be stressful. There are so many things to get done in so little time, along with an added pressure to "feel a certain way." Considering all of the emotions this time of year can bring, we want to offer a few tips.

  • Make time for yourself. Take 15 minutes each day to relax. Stretch. Read a book. Daydream. Listen to music. Do something you enjoy.
  • Plan ahead. Set aside specific time for shopping, cooking, visiting friends and other activities.
  • Stick to healthy habits. Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so you don't overeat. Continue to get plenty of sleep and schedule time for physical activity.
  • Learn to say no. It's the time of year where everyone wants to get together and celebrate, and it's easy to feel pressured to accept every invitation. If attending events becomes stressful, it's OK to say no.