6 Proven Ways to Reduce Your Holiday Stress

by Bonnie

Reduce holiday stressTis the season to be jolly, right?  And yet this time of year stress can wreak havoc on us and take away much of the joy of the season.

I am not nearly as stressed in December as I used to be (some things do get better as I get older!) and that may be the case for you, too.

Still, I thought it would be good to remind myself and you of some of the best ways to keep stress from overtaking us in the next few weeks.

1) Pick your priorities. You don’t have to do it all. Pick the activities that bring you the most joy and make time for them. Let go of some (or all!) of the rest of the stuff.

2) Get enough sleep. Adequate sleep is more important that baking one more batch of cookies or attending one more party. Sleep is vital for your health and well-being.

3) Exercise. We all know it’s good for our health, our mood, and stress reduction. Exercise is important every day of the year. This month is no exception! Make time to move!

4) Accept your feelings. If you’re feeling sadness, grief, or loneliness, it’s okay. Don’t make it harder on yourself by judging how you feel.

5) Manage your expectations. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like they used to be. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often must change too. What new traditions or experiences can you create for yourself and those you love?

6) Breathe. Pause throughout the day and take 60 seconds to breathe fully, consciously, and deeply.

What do you do to reduce your stress? Tell us in Comments below.

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1 Maria. December 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Being more organized this Xmas will hopefully reduce alot of the stress too.

2 Abby Montry December 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm

The most relaxing and enjoyable thing for ME to do when stressed Or for that matter, even when I’m not stressed, is to cook and/or bake…….sometimes however its ONLY ME, so My freezer begins to fill up on soups,stews chile and unbaked cookie dough…What I do now? I load up 4 or 5 containers and bring them to the “ladies” and “gentlemen” holding signs on the corners saying “please help I’m hungry”….I heat it up and deliver……..some might say No, thanks….but on some of the faces the smile and glow is all I need to instantly KNOW why I cooked so much extras!!!! Merry Christmas…and Thank-You Bonnie!

3 Jackie Foskett December 8, 2012 at 10:24 pm

HI Bonnie,
Great reminders! I do a teleseminar on this very subject!
I had my own “aha’s” a few years back and now, as much as I love the holidays, I do “manage my expectations” and I have stopped trying to “do it all”. That really has made a huge difference in my life during this time of the year! And, I feel so much better than when I used to stress myself out and making myself crazy! That was crazy!!

If any of your readers want some extra process around this area, do check out my teleseminar coming up this Wednesday, 12/12 at 5:30 pm PST.

Here is the link:

Meanwhile…to more calm and joyful holidays for all!

4 Bonnie December 9, 2012 at 10:07 am

Being organized certainly helps me, Maria.

5 Bonnie December 9, 2012 at 11:28 am

I love this, Abby! How lovely that you do something you enjoy, that destresses and relaxes you and also do something wonderful for other people. Merry Christmas to you, too!

6 Bonnie December 9, 2012 at 11:30 am

Thanks, Jackie, for sharing what’s worked for you as well as a valuable resource for those who want want a little extra calming help. Happy Holidays to you!

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