How To Cope With Holiday Stress

The holiday season can be joyous and relaxing however, we can all relate to holiday stress. According to the article “Your Health can be Affected by the Holiday Rush”, this time of year causes more stress than any other time of year. During the busy time surrounding the holiday season, we tend to overwhelm ourselves with activities and functions in a short period of time, in addition to our regular daily responsibilities and routines. The long list of social commitments around the holiday season including shopping, cooking, family get-togethers, and more can often lead to a higher level of stress and anxiety. In addition, there also can be financial stress that comes along this time of year.

There are several important ways to manage your stress that can lead to enjoying the holiday season to the fullest. One of the best ways to manage stress is to notice it before it builds. Plan ahead and don’t overextend yourself. Ensure to make time for yourself, whether you enjoy exercising, reading, or watching your favourite movie, continue doing what you love. Dedicate some time to relaxing in a way you find most effective. Some examples include, journal writing, yoga, meditation and deep breathing techniques. Getting enough sleep and rest is extremely important with stress management. Practice regular sleeping habits such as going to bed and waking up at a regular time. According to the article, “Coping with Holiday Stress”, eating a healthy balanced diet is also important in effective stress management. The holiday season is known for indulging in all the delicious holiday treats and family meals. Try not to skip meals and avoid foods high in additives, sugar, caffeine, and salt as best as you can.

Although the holiday season is busy with family and friend functions, shopping and planning, it is also a time to give back. According to Stoler and Ferguson, an act of kindness can benefit your health. Whether it is as simple as holding a door open for a stranger, or even finding the time out of your busy schedule to volunteer, studies have shown that doing good and volunteering to your community or others in need, decreases stress and increases happiness.

From our family at The Therapy Centre to yours, we are wishing you a Happy Holidays!

Stoler, D. (2017, January 2). Your Health Can Be Affected by The Holiday Rush. Retrieved from:
Ferguson, D. (2014, December 15). Coping with Holiday Stress. Retrieved from: