The holiday season is frequently referred to as the most wonderful time of year. In reality, it can also be the most stressful, lonely or busy time of year for many. With several events being planned during a short amount of time, you may feel pressure to make it to everything. This time of year can also create family stressors and pressures while triggering difficult emotions for some. While we spend time focusing on giving to others, it’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves. Here are some ways to deal with holiday stress.

  • Take a break. Make sure to schedule time for rest and recuperation throughout the season. Do not wait for the New Year’s resolution of “more me time.” Schedule it in now (and often)!
  • Connect. Take time to connect with others, if this is what helps you re-energize. Or, focus on connecting with yourself, if that works better for you.
  • Renew. This is not the time to drop all your self-care remedies. Instead, this is the time to renew your efforts to regularly engage in self-care. This can look different for everyone. It may mean rest and relaxation, writing, coloring, or more active habits such as exercise, getting outside in nature and participating in holiday activities. Finding what works for you is most important.

It is not uncommon for holiday stress to increase symptoms for those experiencing mental health conditions. If this is the case for you, please be sure to follow up with your treatment providers regarding your treatment options.

Written by:
Cynthia Rangel, PsyD, BCN of MiraCare Group
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Board Certified in Neurofeedback

Additional Resources for This Time of Year:

Mental Health During
the Holiday Season

Nine Keys
to a
Resilient Holiday

How To Manage Depression
in Yourself, Family Members
During The Holidays