Blog: Tips for handling holiday stress
The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, but for many people, they’re also a time of stress. Between the shopping, the cooking, the decorating, and the parties, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
If you’re feeling the holiday stress creeping in, don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to the American Psychological Association, 38% of Americans report feeling stressed during the holidays.
But there are things you can do to mitigate that stress! Here are a few tips, including some personal examples from the NPFY staff:
Manage your expectations.
The holidays are often portrayed in movies and TV shows as being perfect and magical. But let’s be real, they’re usually not. There will be mishaps, there will be arguments, and there will be things that don’t go according to plan.
Instead of aiming for perfection, aim for enjoyment. Focus on the things that are important to you and let go of the rest.
From Senior Program Coordinator Emily Taracena – Take time for yourself.
It’s okay to say no to things that you don’t have time for or that you don’t want to do. You don’t have to attend every party or bake every cookie.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, delegate tasks or ask for help from friends and family.
From Maketing Manager Mary Kate Nacke – Take care of yourself.
Connect with loved ones.
The holidays are a time to spend time with the people you love who make you feel safe. Make time for quality conversations, laughter, and shared experiences.
These connections can help you feel supported and loved.
From President and CEO Karen Johnson, Ph.D – Give back to others.
Seek professional help if you need it.
If you’re struggling to cope with holiday stress, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. A therapist can teach you coping mechanisms and help you manage your expectations.
- Listen to calming music.
- Practice mindfulness or meditation.
- Spend time in nature.
- Write in your journal.
We hope these tips help you have a happy and stress-free holiday season!