De-stressing During the Holidays

By Megan Delano on December 17, 2020

The holidays can be a particularly stressful time. This year people are experiencing the additional stress of COVID-19 while trying to navigate the holidays safely. Although this time of year can bring on additional things to worry about, there are many ways you can work on maintaining both your mental and physical health throughout this holiday season. Below are 5 quick tips for finding balance through the winter months and beyond. 

1. Re-assess your expectations for what the holidays look like - The holidays are looking very different this year for many people. Having different expectations for your holiday plans may be disappointing, however, you can also utilize this time to start new holiday traditions, utilize technology to connect, or spend some alone time resetting before the new year. 

2. Refrain from overindulging - The holidays are a big-time for celebrating, eating, and spending money. It is important to do so in a way that doesn’t impact you in the long term. Just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean you have to throw your health or financial goals out the window, only to pay for it in the new year. 

3. Set your own boundaries – Setting boundaries with family or friends can be tricky to navigate for many. With COVID-19 being factored into our holiday plans, it is important to speak up for what you are (or aren’t) comfortable with! Don’t feel obligated to attend a family event despite a family member guilting you into it. Boundaries are an important self-care skill as well as a tool to build healthier relationships long term. 

4. Maintain the things that keep you healthy - Routines are important no matter the time of year. Although the holidays are a break from work or school for many, it is important to maintain some sense of schedule to keep up with healthy habits. This could mean sticking to an exercise routine, meeting with your therapist, or continuing to eat 3 meals a day. 

5. Be kind to yourself – There is no one right answer to dealing with holiday stress. The holidays (and this pandemic) look different for everyone. Give yourself some compassion during this difficult time and try not to give in to pressure that you are not managing it in the “correct” way. Only you know what works best for you!