How to Beat Holiday Stress

woman sitting by fireplace and holiday tree

‘Tis the season to be merry, but sometimes the holiday season can leave anyone feeling a little stressed. If you tend to feel stressed when the holidays roll around, here are seven tips to help turn that frown upside down.

Watch your spending

Nothing kills holiday cheer like a mountain of debt. Stick to a budget when doing your holiday shopping, and only spend what you can afford. Be extra careful not to overspend as the holidays draw near, and you’re feeling the pressure to finish your shopping in time.

Give back

According to the American Psychological Association, one of the best ways to reduce stress is to give back to the community. You can bring some toys to a local hospital to brighten up a sick child’s holiday, volunteer at a soup kitchen or visit a nursing home and put a smile on the residents’ faces.

Stick to a schedule

Lack of quality sleep can make stress levels soar. You don’t need to follow your regular routine over the holidays, but it’s a good idea to keep some sort of schedule. Make sure you’re getting enough shut-eye, and if a physical workout is part of your daily routine, don’t neglect it over the holidays.

Delegate

If you’re hosting a large crowd this holiday season, all the extra work can bring your stress levels through the roof. Here’s the good news—you don’t have to do it all! There’s nothing wrong and there’s everything right with asking for help.

Take some “me” time

“Me” time is important, and in the chaos of the holidays, this need is often neglected. Consider getting a manicure, taking a solitary half-hour walk, or just sitting in your room for some peace and quiet.

Give up the guilt

If you tend to overanalyze every interaction you have with family and friends, you can really beat yourself up over the holidays. Try to let go this season and give yourself a break.

Lower your expectations

A common cause for holiday stress is unrealistic expectations. It’s best not to build huge castles in the air and to keep your expectations to a minimum. If you don’t expect perfection, you won’t be struggling with mountains of disappointment this holiday.

Get a little help from your credit union

Sometimes, a little extra holiday cash can help with the stress holidays bring. Our Winter Wonder Loan is just the thing to help! With an interest rate less than most credit cards, you can borrow a little extra cash to pay for holiday expenses like gifts and travel.

Here’s wishing you a happy holiday season from all of us at Partner Colorado.