5 Tips to Deal with Holiday Stress

The holidays are here and that really means it’s a time to relax and spend more time with our family and friends. However that’s not usually the case. It ends up being a time of stress and worries. A time where we’ve hoped for joy but has left us feeling tired and depleted. 

It can be a time of torn feelings (more so this year that we’ve ever experienced).

Today we’re sharing 5 powerful tips that can help make you through the holidays and make it a more joyful and peaceful time.

1. Take it slow.

Slow every bit of your life down, to the way you walk to the kitchen to grab coffee to the way you sip it. Enjoy your breakfast one bit and chew at a time and really pay attention to what you are doing. 

Be here now and focus on one thing at a time. 

By slowing down and not multitasking then you train your body and mind to be in the moment and that’s when you can start to relax.

2. Appreciate the little things.

Choosing to be happy instead of waiting for something to happen is a large part about appreciating the small things. A daily gratitude journal where you spend your first waking moments thinking about the great things about your life can train your mind to think of those things first thing.

If you need a handful of suggestions, here are a couple things that we like to appreciate around the holidays:

  • Amazing food
  • Health
  • Family and friends
  • Roof over our heads and a warm home
  • Fun Christmas lights to look at 

3. Spread joy.

One of the best ways to become happier is to simply make others happier. It sounds like a cliche but it tends to work. 

When you give to others you can feel it. It’s not a tangible thing but it’s everlasting. 

Like paying it forward or doing a simple act of kindness. 

So the way you keep building up and spreading positivity, helping out in your community or cheering up a fellow friend and offering a listening ear can make them and you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

4. Focus on priorities.

Instead of focusing on everything, focus on what is most important and valuable to you. If you still have gifts to buy then perhaps instead of giving more stuff, it may be better to give one thing that the person will truly appreciate. 

Perhaps skipping tangible gifts altogether and instead give an experience that will be a special day and cherished memory for the both you.

However you choose to give, make sure it is YOUR choice and not something that you SHOULD do that will make you feel deflated.

5. Accept how you feel right now.

“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.” - Carl Jung

Perhaps you try a few of the tips outlined above but they still can’t help you shake off the worries and stress you have been carrying around.

Then you know what, tell yourself this, “This is how I feel right now and I accept it.”

It might feel like you’re giving up but trust us, it almost always works and brings a sense of relief. Because by accepting how you feel instead of pushing it to the side and feeding into the conflict, it actually tends to let go of the negative energy. Letting go of the problem frees up the energy you were giving the problem to begin with and now you can see clearly and focus on the things you can actually control. 

And that’s that! 5 tips to deal with holiday stress to make it through and into a more joyful 2021.