5 Tips To Help You Deal With Holiday Stress & Anxiety

5 Tips To Help You Deal With Holiday Stress & Anxiety

AD | For most of us, the holiday season is a time for merriment and celebration, but, for others, it’s quite the opposite. If you’re someone that usually sees the holiday season as particularly stressful and an anxiety-filled time, then you’re not alone. It’s a tough case of the holiday blues. Instead of being happy and in the celebratory mood, we’re out there stressing because of the preparations and the fear of not giving our families a grand time during the holidays. The more we worry and stress about the holidays, the more it will be a failure, at least, by our standards. So, how do you exactly cope with holiday stress and anxiety? Here are 5 tips to help you deal with holiday stress & anxiety!

5 Tips To Help You Deal With Holiday Stress & Anxiety

5 Tips To Help You Deal With Holiday Stress & Anxiety

1. Plan Ahead of Time

One way to greatly reduce holiday anxiety and stress is to plan. The more we are unprepared for the holiday season, the longer the list of things that could go wrong. And the more things go wrong, the more frustrated we will be, leading to further stress and anxiety. So what is the thing that we can do for planning? Well, it entirely depends on you but here are some tips. For one, you can buy the decorations before the holiday rush starts.

Two weeks or even a month before the holiday, you can go to the halloween store or Christmas décor store to purchase all the necessary decorations. You could also list the foods you want to prepare for the holidays or even the people you want to invite. Remember, the more you prepare for the holiday season, the less stressed you’ll be when the day finally comes.

2. Don’t Be a Perfectionist

The more you want something to be perfect, the more it will be imperfect in your eyes. That said, can good be good enough by your standards? 

If not, then you’re probably setting an unrealistically high goal for yourself. With that in mind, instead of keeping everything perfect, you have to accept that some things just don’t go as planned, and sometimes, there’s nothing we can do with that.

Before preparing, you must have a mantra that not everything will be perfect. You must think that not everything needs to be perfect for you and your loved ones to be happy in the holiday season. Thinking too much about things going perfectly will just affect the celebratory mood and make you forget what the holidays are all about; being with your family.

3. Stop Doing Things Too Much

Almost a lot of things are healthy and good in moderation, including preparing for the holiday season. The problem with the holiday season is that we often indulge in things because we have time off from work. That leads us to do things in excess, and needless to say, that’s a bad thing. While stress is necessary, you don’t need to delve deeper into that. Learn to rest sometimes. Turn off your work mode for a while and enjoy the holiday season.

You also have to be moderate on the holiday activities. If you stop stressing too much but turn to enjoying the activities too much, it just turns your mental stress into physical stress. So, just like how the saying goes, moderation is key.

4. Don’t Use Maladaptive Measures to Cope

Being stressed is normal, and there are a lot of ways to cope with it. However, not all of them are the right way. That said, using maladaptive measures to cope with stress is key to being mentally worse after the holidays. Good examples of this are self-medicating, drinking too much, eating excessively, etc. Another would be lashing out at friends and family.

There are several easy ways to cope with holiday stress and anxiety. One of them is through exercise. Exercise releases endorphins, which can reduce the anxiety and stress of the season. Endorphins can also boost our immune system and reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, as we all know too well that those conditions are common during the holiday season.

5. Try Relaxation Techniques

There are also a lot of ways for you to release tension and relax during the holiday season. It’s different for everyone since it depends on which of them you like the most. Some people can feel relaxed when writing, meditating, listening to music, etc. Some even do soothing activities like taking a long warm bath, aromatherapy, or simply drinking wine (in moderation, of course).

Final Thoughts

Are you one to be anxious and stressed during the holiday season? If so, the tips we discussed earlier in the article will greatly help you deal with stress and anxiety. This way, your holidays will be much brighter, and you get to spend a lot more time with your friends and family and be in the same celebratory mood.

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I hope you all found these 5 tips to help you deal with holiday stress & anxiety helpful during this holiday season!

Until next time,

Gabby Abigail


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