5 Practical Ways to Handle Holiday Stress


Christmas holiday stress

The holidays bring with them an unusual increase in time demands and social pressure, which can make what should be a joyous time very stressful. When your stress level rises, try these tips to minimize the anxiety and enjoy this most wonderful time of the year!

  • Keep it simple. The holidays don’t have to mean perfection. You don’t have to decorate every room in your home or make everything homemade. Instead, choose the three things that are most important for you to accomplish at this season. It may be hosting a special family gathering, or making Christmas cookies with your children. Focus on those few things you want to enjoy and remember, and don’t waste energy in other areas.
  • Make healthy food choices. Don’t abandon your health during the holiday season. Overeating and getting out of your exercise routine will only add feelings of guilt to your stress. Before heading to a party, curb your appetite with a healthy snack. Enjoy your favorite holiday indulgences, but in small amounts. Learn more ways to avoid overeating during the holidays.
  • Set aside differences. The holiday season is filled with socializing, which means we may be exposed to family members, coworkers and others who trigger negative emotions. Rather than allowing these feelings to cloud your holiday experience, set aside grievances and differences until an appropriate time for discussion.
  • Get enough sleep. There is a strong link between sleep and a healthy immune system. Individual needs vary, but most experts recommend that adults get at least seven hours of rest per night.
  • Don’t rely on caffeine or alcohol to relieve stress. Caffeine boosts adrenaline levels, with the side effect of making you feel more anxious, irritable and emotionally-charged. Alcohol is a depressant that can make you feel worse if you are depressed or faced with a real problem.

Stay Healthy With RediClinic

This holiday season, RediClinic is your go-to source for everything from health screenings to treatment for minor illnesses and injuries. Our clinics are located inside select Rite Aid Pharmacies and H-E-B grocery stores. We are open seven days a week, so you can be seen at your convenience.

Walk in or make an online appointment to be seen at RediClinic today!