5 Ways To De-Stress: Holiday Edition

It’s about that time, everyone… A week until we celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, and other festive activities! Are you ready? Excited? Overwhelmed?

We go through so many emotions between Thanksgiving and the New Year.  The holidays can bring the best and worst in all of us. For most, it’s a great time to celebrate, reminisce, and get closer to others. But sometimes, we can dread this season.  The desire to stay hopeful is there but we can get easily drained by all the things we have to do.

A question that we all ask ourselves: How can we stay calm during the holidays?

Below, I’m listing a few ideas and tips to survive the holiday rush.  Feel free to comment and share some of your own!

Take a break.

Five minutes.  An hour or two.  A full day.  No matter the amount, make the time to relax. This could be napping, reading, or taking a stroll. How about meeting up with a friend! Do the complete opposite of what is stressing you out. Here’s the key: you have to decide when to rest.  It may not be ideal, but some time is better than no time. When you finish, you can jump back into your projects with a refreshed mind.

“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.”  – Mark Black


I know not everyone who comes to the blog is religious/spiritual, but this is something I do. Talking with God, finding Bible verses and inspirational quotes do help me find peace and strength during my current situations. Especially during the moments when I want to scream or hide. Knowing that I’m going to be taken care of, is very comforting.

“Be still and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10

Meditating isn’t bad! Clearing your mind will help you focus.  Get quiet and remove the junk.  Flush out the mental and emotional toxins.  Leave the worrying behind – it doesn’t help. At all.

Speak encouraging words.

How you speak to yourself or think about yourself determines your outcome.  Words are very important. Start now to say nice things about yourself.  If that means starting with a phrase so simple as “You are strong” or “I can do this,” then go for it! Don’t wait until a crisis or for someone else to compliment you; if you expect that in order to feel better, it will never come.

“…but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” – 1 Samuel 30:6

“In one minute, you can change your attitude, and in that minute, you can change your entire day.” – Spencer Johnson 

I recommend that you find poems or songs that lift your spirit and recite them. Make a playlist! I always do that. Having notes on the wall or mirror helps. Visual reminders are perfect for times like these.

Know that what you’re doing is not in vain.

Right now, you may feel like you’re doing way more than you can handle and everyone is counting on you. The words of affirmation aren’t coming fast enough or you’re thinking your efforts are not good enough. It can be discouraging.

I want you to know that I think you’re doing a great job. What you’re doing for others (at work, school, family life, etc.) is being noticed.

Find joy.

I want you to think about what genuinely makes you smile. Really, ponder on what brings you joy.  I know there’s at least one thing. With that in mind, tap into that strength and go on with your day. Having a heart and mind full of joy will affect you for the better. You know what? Joy is infectious. What you put in is going to come out towards others.  Others will notice the difference. So, spread the joy and love!

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. – Joseph Campbell

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10

That’s all I have for now.  I hope this post has helped you or got you to think about some things! Remember, you won’t be able to help others if you don’t take care of yourself.  Please, for your overall health, rest. 🙂 It may take some time to put these suggestions into practice, but once you get going, the sky is the limit. Being at rest during the busy times can turn your “crummy” holiday season into a glorious one!


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