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  • Writer's pictureSarah Yared

Surviving the Holidays: How To Minimize Stress & Get Into The Holiday Spirit!

The holidays are stressful, especially for us mothers! We already have so many things on our plate. Adding in all of the holiday to-do’s can cause so much stress, anxiety, and even depression. If you are feeling overwhelmed this year, here are a few tips to help you thrive through the chaos.

1. Decompress!

Remember, no matter how busy you are you must make time to decompress. There are many ways you can relax at home, even with all the holiday stress. Consider putting on a Christmas movie while you wrap gifts, or listen to a podcast while you bake a giant order of cookies!

2. Don’t Procrastinate!

I know it's easier said than done, but try to get tasks completed in a timely manner so you aren’t stressed out at the last minute. You'll thank yourself later.

  • For example, when it comes to gifts, buy a majority of the presents ahead of time. What things can you order online that will save you time? Leave the smaller, easier things closer to the big day. Plan your shopping days throughout the month so you don't feel overwhelmed. Consider using a planner or journal to help you make lists and get some of your thoughts in order.

3. Plan Quality Time.

Sink into the holiday spirit by doing things with family or friends. Remember that nothing needs to be extravagant. You can still get into the spirit by going out to lunch together, or attending a local, free event, like a light show. You can find ways to give back in your community by donating toys or volunteering at your local library, charity, or retirement center.

4. Minimize Your Social Media Time.

Don’t compare yourself to friends or acquaintances you see on social media. It’s so easy to feel like less of a person because someone is doing things faster or “better” than you. We tend to only post things online that we want people to see...

Try to remember that there are always people who will have more than you, as well as people who have less. You are right where you need to be, so comparing yourself isn’t going to make you feel better. Be happy for what others have, and grateful for the things in your life that are most important.

5. Do what you love.

During the holidays, it’s common to go into a “people-pleaser mode,” but keep in mind that you don’t have to please everyone and you can’t make everyone happy. You don’t need to attend every event or every family gathering if it isn’t healthy for you. Don’t subject yourself to toxic family members or friends just because it is the holidays. If it feels like an obligation, it most likely isn't coming from the right place. Surround yourself with the people who matter most to you.

We sincerely hope these tips will ease your mind. Wishing you a very fulfilling and stress-free holiday season!

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