5 Tips For Reducing Stress During The Holiday Season

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Do you ever have one of those experiences where something that you really, really enjoy can also be stressful at the same time because of how much you want everything to go right? Well, holidays can often be one of those times and that’s why it’s something that I wanted to address today!

 Although the holiday season can be one of the most welcome times of the year, it can be very stressful for a lot of people. Reducing stress during the holiday season can especially be hectic for busy women who have to prepare large meals, deal with difficult relatives and shop at crowded stores. If the feeling of responsibly for the holiday season is something that always stresses you out, the subject is dealt with in great depth in the HOLIDAY STRESS MANAGEMENT BOOK.

 But here are 5 quick tips for holiday stress relief and a little taste of what you can expect from the book!

 1. Plan Ahead

One of the best ways to relieve some stress during the holidays is to plan ahead. For example, if you have to cook a big Christmas dinner for family members, create a grocery list of the items you need and buy all the items in one shopping trip. Taking the time to plan ahead will definitely save you a lot of hassle during this busy season.

2. Exercise Regularly

Exercising on a regular basis during the holiday season won’t just keep your body in great shape; it will also improve your mood and help alleviate some of that stress you’re feeling. Try to find time to exercise every day for at least 20 minutes. For example, you can go on a walk around your neighborhood in the morning.

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3. Eat As Healthy As You Can

It can be especially difficult during the holidays to eat a healthy diet because there are sugary treats everywhere. However, you should resist the urge to indulge all the time if you want to keep your stress levels down. Fill your diet with a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. These foods will give you energy and keep you focused during the holiday season.

4. Don’t Hesitate To Ask For Help

If you are stressed out because you have a lot on your plate, don’t be afraid to ask for help. For example, if you are preparing a big dinner for your family, ask relatives to bring side dishes so that you don’t have to do as much cooking. 

5. Give Yourself a Break

Even if you are super busy, it is still important to give yourself a break during the holiday season. Set aside at least 30 minutes each day to spend time doing what you enjoy. Take a hot bubble bath, take your dog for a walk, read a book or go out to lunch with a friend. If you take time out of your day to do things you enjoy, you will be less stressed during the holidays. If you follow these helpful tips, you can relieve some of that stress you feel so that you can enjoy the holidays. 

I hope you enjoyed taking the time to think about some of these ideas about holiday stress. While many people know that holidays can be stressful, not enough people take the time to realize that holidays really don’t have to be stressful at all when you’re armed with the right advice.

Don’t forget to check out the HOLIDAY STRESS RELIEF BOOK if you want everything you need for a stress-resilient and fun-filled holiday period!

The Kindle book covers many different types of holidays – not just the end-of year holiday season. There are lots of holidays and events throughout the year that can be fun if you take the time to learn how to manage the stress that surrounds them!


To your holiday stress relief success!

About Darlene

Darlene is passionate and enthusiastic about helping women simplify their lives, develop stress resilience, regain balance, and find happiness, despite the personal storms life throws at them. She has published a popular series of stress management books which focus on simple, practical and healthy stress relief strategies, as well as provide FREE resources and services that help women become more stress-resilient.


  1. I am sold! I am going to buy this book soon as I can. Stress management is so important, specially with holiday stress ad depression. People always complain about gaining weight during the holidays, I am the opposite! I get so stressed out I forget to eat! I am too stubborn to ask for help, even when I know I could use it. Thanks for these stress tips. So so eye opening.

    • Hi Jessy, Superwoman syndrome is a recipe for holiday stress! If you are too stubborn to ask for help, you are only hurting yourself. Unfortunately, you are also depriving others of the joy and satisfaction it brings to help someone else. Believe it or not, most family members and friends genuinely want to help. Why not let them. You will benefit from letting other help you, and those helping you will really feel a sense of satisfaction too!

  2. 2 and 3 are easier said then done! Where I am from, it gets so cold and snowy out, me and my wife just want to lay in bed all evening watching movies. haha I gain 10 pounds every year and I am finally over it. I manage to lose some of the weight by summer but over the years, my gut has tripled and I know my wife doesn’t appreciate it. She is one of the few lucky ones who will gain 2 pounds from 3 months of binge eating on junk! Holiday stress and over eating go hand in hand, I think.

    • Hi Jimmy, I can see where exercising and eating healthy can be a challenge for some folks, especially during the holiday when it gets cold and snowy out and when there is so much food and season cheer! But it not as difficult as you think either. You don’t have to go out to exercise, you can stay at home and do some walking right in the comfort of your home. Check out this video. And as far as eating healthy during the holidays is concerned, you don’t have to skip all there trimmings and delicious home-baked goodies, just eat moderate amounts. Load up on salads, go easy on meats! And be VERY moderate with Alcohol consumption. That’s it! You can do that can’t you? :-)

  3. I need this book. Year after year I struggle. I get holiday depression. I can’t handle just “dealing with the holidays” anymore. It should be something we all enjoy that brings our families together. As a child, I remember going to my Nana’s, everyone laughing, smiling, playing games… Then it just got worse over time. Now it is a struggle to get everyone together. So much stress!!!

    • Hi Bev,
      Thanks for stopping by and for commenting. If it feels that burdensome to get everybody together, then you may be trying to hard. Just enjoy the journey more (staying in touch all year long) and focus less on the destination ( i.e. getting everyone together during the holidays). If someone can’t get together with the rest of the group, just do a Skype call when the “fun” is in session so that the absent family member can get a “taste” of what they are missing. You could also just make a video , post it online and send the link to everyone who was not able to make it. There are many ways to stress less and enjoy more during the holidays and all year long! :-)

  4. Carly Wright says:

    I will be hosting Christmas at my house for the first time. My fiance and I just bought a house and will be getting married the first week of December. We will be back for Christmas and agreed to have everyone over Christmas day. I am already stressing about it more than my own wedding! I just want everything to be perfect because, outside of the wedding, this will be the first time both families will be getting together. These tips are great and I need more!! haha

  5. I read a few posts and had to comment on this one. After watching my sister, Sarah, struggle year after year with Holiday Depression, I finally get it. I never had an issue with this but I can understand it now. Thank you for sharing these tips. I watch her every year, November till February, she struggles. She gets SAD as well. I am going to share this with her, I may even just get the book. I want her to be smiling this year, not crying over the kitchen sink!

    • Hi Jessica, thanks for deciding to leave a comment and share your thoughts on holiday depression with us. Your sister Sarah is certainly not alone. While many are celebrating the season of cheer, many others struggle with Holiday depression and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), which is a type of depression that tends to occur (and recur) as the days grow shorter in the fall and winter. Feel free to share the link to this article with your sister. Exercising and spending some time doing something fun can help.

  6. Darlene, I love the reminders to exercise regularly and to eat more healthily. We’re trying to build this in to our holidays now, looking at where we can all go on a hike or play in the snow (around here, Christmas weather is a bit like rolling the dice). We have a small cottage that we use over part of Christmas break. It’s about a mile from a rural New England town. We walk into town and enjoy the decorations, the walk, and the time together. Part of the joy of the season is that we’re less rushed, especially between Christmas and New Years and can take the time to get around on foot.

    • Hi Sukey, Thanks for the comment. It’s so easy to overlook exercise and healthy eating as a powerful holiday stress management strategy. But if you think about it, a strong healthy body would be able to cope much better with holiday stress and fight off the harmful effects of stress. Walking as exercise and stress relief is one of my favorite anti-stress strategies. Sounds like you appreciate the health benefits of walking too! And you are right! Its a great way to spend time together with family or friends too.

      • One thing that we’ve found out about walking during the holidays is that it gives us an opportunity to greet and thank our neighbors. It might just be an informal ‘happy holidays’ but sometimes we get to note ‘what beautiful decorations’ or ‘we made too much pumpkin bread, I’m hoping you’ll take a small loaf.’ Getting around on foot has really helped us to connect more with the community – and stay in shape – and add a bit of calm reflection. Woohoo!

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