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How to Actually Enjoy your Holiday: 5 Ways to Manage Your Stress Through the Chaos

Here are 5 ways to manage your stress during the holiday season.

Slow down

Amidst the crazy balancing of schedules, it really is important to take time for yourself. Don’t run yourself ragged or you can miss out on valuable moments. Make sure to budget time for the gym or quiet alone time, if that’s helpful for you.

Talk Expectations With Your Partner

Having conversations with your partner about what you want out of the holidays can be very helpful. Convey what traditions are important to you and which ones you’re okay with missing. You don’t have to do absolutely everything someone asks of you if it is not important to you and your partner. For all you know, your partner could be engaging in very time-demanding activities/traditions that aren’t important to them. Set a game plan for your ideal holiday season.

Practice Effective Communication Skills

When stress sets in, it can be very easy to be curt or blunt with your partner while communicating your needs or wants. Make sure to take a second and convey your feelings in a respectful manner. It can be very hard to listen to each other when the responses aren’t respectful.

Validate/Give Thanks

It can be very helpful to your partner’s stress level if you take the time to validate what they are feeling. This doesn’t have to be anything huge. A simple “I’m sorry this is so stressful for you,” or “That must’ve really hurt your feelings when your Mom said that to you,” or “I’d be angry too if someone said that to me,” can go a long way in communicating to your partner that you’re on the same team and have each other’s backs. Thanking your partner for their sacrifices/time/effort is also a great way to show your appreciation for them. “Thank you for doing the dishes after dinner. That was a huge help to me.”

Be Mindful/Gratitude

Be in the moment and remember why the holidays are so special. Certain chores can be put on hold if it means you’ll get thirty minutes to go on a walk with family members. The dishes aren’t going anywhere, but time is precious. Be grateful for all the opportunities you have to spend time with important people.

If you have any questions for us on how to manage the holiday season, feel free to give us a call at 616-929-0248 or check out our Facebook page. Have a happy holiday season!