The holiday season is easily one of the busiest times of the year for most people. You end up spending more time on others and less time taking care of yourself. Don't let these added stressors get the best of you this year. Here are 10 simple tips to help you reduce stress and stay on track this holiday season.


1. Plan ahead

Nip extra holiday stress in the bud by taking the time to plan ahead. Whether it’s the meals for family or the schedule for holiday visits. Knowing where and when you must be somewhere or what you’re responsible for helps alleviate stress.

2. Delegate

It’s okay to ask for help! If you have too much on your plate, ask someone to help. Give up control and let a friend or
relative help you out. Your adrenal glands will thank you!

3. Get enough sleep

You need 7-8 hours of sleep to function at your best. Skimping on sleep will lead to burnout even faster than you can say “Ho Ho Ho!”

4. Go with the flow

Try to resist opposition and just be easygoing. When things don’t go as planned the best thing you can do is focus on what’s going right. Perfect is boring and those holiday blunders may turn out to be your best memories!

5. Move your body

Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people make the world a better place and handle stress better!

6. Get some sunshine

Vitamin D keeps your immune system strong and keeps your energy levels up and enhances your mood, too.

7. Budget

Nothing like a declined card to put a damper on your Christmas spirit. Having a budget and planning accordingly can help nix that added monetary stressor. 

8. Eat healthy

Don’t overdo it on sugar. Eat balanced meals.  Avoid processed foods. Share meals with those you love. Smile while you eat. Don’t eat while distracted.

9. Focus on what you can control

Sometimes the only thing you can control is how you respond to a situation. Next time you’re stuck in traffic or a long line make a mental note of all the things you’re thankful for or things that have gone well recently. Shift your energy from stressed to blessed.

10. Say No

Don’t feel obligated to say yes to everyone! It is okay to say no so you don't overextend yourself. People-pleasing is overrated – mental health is all the rage!