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5 Ways to De-Stress This Holiday Season

By Sarah Carlson, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®

The holiday season is a time for joy and celebration, but it can also be a stressful and overwhelming time. There are so many events to attend, shopping to do and dishes to cook that the holidays can sometimes become too much. To keep from feeling overwhelmed, try these simple tips for de-stressing during the holiday season. 

1. Taking Time for Yourself

When the holidays roll around, it seems like everyone is busier than ever. There are parties to attend, gifts to buy and wrap, cookies to bake, and on and on. For many people, this can lead to stress and anxiety. 

The best way to combat these feelings is by taking some time for yourself. Relax and recharge by doing things you enjoy:

  • Read a book
  • Take a walk in the park
  • Watch your favorite movie

Self-care will help you stay calm and relaxed during the holiday season. 

2. Setting Realistic Expectations

The holiday season can be overwhelming, with all of the tasks that need to be done. To combat this feeling of being overwhelmed, it's important to set realistic expectations for yourself and your family. 

Decide on a few key things that you want to accomplish during this time and let the rest go. This can help reduce your stress levels and make the season more enjoyable. 

3. Staying Organized

Staying organized during the holiday season is essential for managing your stress levels. Create a list of what needs to be done and prioritize it according to importance. This will help keep your thoughts in order so that you don't become overwhelmed by all the tasks at hand. 

It's also important to have realistic expectations, meaning that perfectionism should take a back seat during this time—focus on what truly matters and don't stress yourself out trying to do it all. 

4. Letting Go of Perfectionism

One of the biggest things that can cause stress during the holiday season is perfectionism. Trying to make everything perfect can be incredibly overwhelming and often leads to disappointment. 

This year, try to let go of perfectionism and focus on enjoying the holidays. Accept that things may not always go as planned and that's okay. Relax and take things one step at a time, and you'll find that the holidays will be a lot less stressful. 

5. Connecting with others

The holiday season is a great time to connect with family and friends, but it can also be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of events and shopping. Make sure to take some time for yourself but also spend quality time connecting with those around you:

  • Have meaningful conversations
  • Laugh together
  • Enjoy each other's company

Connecting with others during this time can help reduce stress levels and make the season more enjoyable. 


The holiday season doesn't have to be stressful—use these simple tips for de-stressing and you will be sure to enjoy the festive spirit of the season! As a team of Spokane Financial advisors, these tips have helped us reduce stress levels during this special time of year.

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