How To Cope With Holiday Stress

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Anyone else about ready to rip their hair out this holiday season? Anyone? Just me? I don’t know what it is about the holidays, but this is literally the single most stressful time of year. Work is extra busy because I’m always taking on new campaigns and additional work between October and December. Then you have Thanksgiving and Christmas which consists of traveling and cooking and gift buying and holiday cards, etc. It’s never-ending! Coping with holiday stress can seem impossible some years. It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed which makes it hard to stay focused on your mental health. Especially if you don’t have a good plan in place to help you conquer everything you have going on. So here’s how to successfully cope with holiday stress this year.

  1. Get organized. This thing goes EVERYWHERE with me. No joke. It’s always on me. I would literally be lost if something happened to my planner or if I forgot it at home one day. Yes, I could always put everything into my phone since I always have it, but I’m just one of those people who have to write everything down. My planner contains all my assignments for school, their due dates, milestone tasks, etc. It contains my both my personal daily schedule as well as my posting schedule for my blog. It has all of my to do lists, shopping lists, side notes, and SO much more. My entire life is in my planner. And of course it’s VERY color-coded as well to make it easier to interpret when things get messy. It makes the holiday season so much less stressful.
  2. Work it out. My gym time is even more crucial this time of year. It always makes me feel amazing and on top of the world whenever I spend an hour in the gym. It’s the best feeling in the world. I’ll never understand people who don’t like a good work out. I promise you, if you’re stressed out and needing a good pick me up, then the gym is the best place for you to be! It’s one of the best stress relievers.
  3. Take a moment to breathe. It can be hard to find that moment in the busy holiday season, but it’s so important to find it. Spend an extra ten minutes in bed in the morning or spend some extra time in the shower. Have your husband take over the parenting duties for an hour so you can read a good book or get in a good work out or whatever it may be. Whatever calms you and gets you away from your busy life for a moment, do it! You do not have to be on the go 24/7. It’s okay to take a moment to yourself and just breathe and collect your thoughts before you continue through your day.
  4. Learn how to say ‘no’. It’s crucial that you know your limits. If you’re already swamped with projects and are barely able to keep yourself afloat, then taking on another project probably isn’t your best bet. And that’s perfectly okay! You don’t have to do it all. Maybe set a limit for yourself. For example, you’ll only take on x additional shifts at work this holiday season or you’ll only take on x blog campaigns at a time or throughout the month. Whatever that limit may be, set it ahead of time so that you know when it’s time to say ‘no’.
  5. Phone a friend or family member. Whenever I get stressed, I call my parents. They are the absolute best in helping me find solutions to my problems or keeping me distracted for 30 minutes while they catch me up on everything going on back home. I also have a few friends that I’ll call or text when I’m super stressed out as well. It’s good to have that positive, supportive network to lean on when you need it.
  6. Ask for help when you need it. I admit, I am so absolutely horrible with this one. I hate asking for help. I’m that person who wants to be able to do it all on her own and look like Superwoman. But sometimes it’s just not doable. So it’s okay to ask for help when you need it! Never feel like you have to do everything on your own. If you have a significant other, then request their assistance with the dishes and cooking dinner one night. Let them take over the children for an hour so you can get in a good work out or catch up on some emails and other miscellaneous tasks that need to be done.

How do you cope with holiday stress?

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  • I can completely relate. It can be a stressful time if you overextend yourself during the holiday months, but I think planning it out can really help. I also think it’s important to only do things you truly enjoy. 🙂

    • Planning is essential! I can always handle so much more when i have a good plan in place. It’s when I wing it that I end up having issues haha and doing things you enjoy helps so much as well. It’s a good way to keep yourself motivated.

  • Great list for survival! 🙂 I’m the same way about asking for help. It’s so hard to reach out and delegate when you accidentally swamped yourself with so much work, especially when everyone just wants to party until the end of the year. 😉

    I’m going to take a moment to breathe right now. 🙂

    • Thanks Aeryn! Is your name pronounced like ‘Erin’? Because that’s a super pretty way of spelling it! 🙂 I’ve always been so bad with asking for help. I just feel more accomplished when I’m able to do it all on my own. But sometimes, I just realistically can’t. I’m so thankful my husband is so helpful haha

  • Working out seems to be the first thing to go this time of year but it’s SO important. I feel so much better and less stressed when I keep up with my routine!

    • It’s good to have something that stays consistent when life gets hectic. I think that’s one of the big things for me. I always know that no matter how crazy my day is, I can always end it at the gym.

  • Raluca Lo

    Very nice tips! Christmas is a wonderful time, but it can also be very stressful if we don’t manage it well.

    • Thank you! I completely agree! I tend to feel a but more out of control this time of year. I always make sure to keep my schedule as balanced as possible.

  • Learning how to say no is so important, especially at this time of year. It took me a while to get comfortable saying no but now that I’m comfortable with it the word seems to simply roll off my tongue.

    • I admit, I am horrible at saying no sometimes. It just makes me feel bad. Or I don’t want people to be upset with me lol OR I’ll say no, but it always comes with some sort of excuse because I somehow feel like I need a valid reason to say no other than I just don’t have time. But I’ve definitely gotten better about it over the years, thank God haha

  • 1. Your main image is amazing
    2. Work out – thanks for reminding me!
    3. Love that piece on calling family or friends – great job.
    4. Great post, love how personable and relatable all of this.

  • During the season giving, many tend take advantage… so yes learning to say no is very important.