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10 Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

eft gratitude stress tapping Dec 19, 2023

The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and connection, offering a break from our daily routines. For many of us the festivities are also accompanied by stress that can dampen our enjoyment. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

We can employ strategies to help us counteract that additional stress. Common holiday stressors include the following:
• Financial pressure from added expenses
• Travel challenges
• Expectations of others
• Family dynamics
• Work obligations
• Immune system concerns
• Difficult relationships
• People-pleasing
• Weight gain concerns
• Reminders of loss
• Neglect of self-care
• Social events
• Loneliness
• Overbooked schedules
• Lack of relaxation
• Perfectionism
• Missing out on the meaning of the holiday

Which of these stressors do you encounter? Consider trying some of the practical tips below to let go of stress and fully enjoy your holiday celebrations.

Practical Strategies to Alleviate Holiday Stress:

1. Prioritize Self-Care:
Continue with your self-care routine, aiming for 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Consider trying EFT Tapping to manage holiday stress.  Watch my video here.

2. Create Boundaries:
Establish boundaries with both your schedule and your emotions. Choose activities that genuinely bring happiness and decline those that add unnecessary stress. Allocate time for breaks and unexpected moments.

3. Plan and Organize:
Anticipate potential stressors by planning and organizing in advance. Create lists to reduce decision fatigue and cognitive load during the festivities.

4. Set and Stick to a Budget:
Create a budget for holiday expenses and follow it. Your future self will thank you.

5. Simplify:
Reduce overwhelm by simplifying things like decorations and meals. Ask yourself “What would this look like if it were easy?”

6. Connect with Loved Ones:
Prioritize making meaningful connections and memories that last beyond the holiday. For communication tips, explore resources on For fun Christmas gatherings, check out 135 Best Christmas Icebreakers and Games (For Any Situation)

7. Practice Compassion and Gratitude:
Show compassion to yourself and to others. Practice gratitude to shift your focus.

8. Focus on Meaning and Purpose:
Reconnect with the true meaning of the holiday, whether it’s religious, cultural, or personal. Keeping the purpose in mind can provide grounding.

9. Ask for Help:
Delegate tasks and share responsibilities to lighten the load.

10. Listen to Uplifting Music:
Create a playlist of mood-boosting songs and play them often.

Join me in embracing more joy and ease this holiday season by incorporating these practical strategies.