Healthy Tips to Manage Stress During the Holidays

December 19, 2022


Spending the Holidays with your loved ones can be joyful and stressful at the same time. According to the American Psychological Association, 38% of people experience a higher stress level during the Holidays. In addition, the rising travel cost, post-pandemic, climate change, and other disruptions, as well as lack of time and money, overcommitment, and financial strain, can cause stress.

Stress is a part of life. Therefore, it is essential to know your stressors and their effects so you can handle them. 

Stress symptoms can be mild, such as falling hair, anger, and forgetfulness. However, it can be severe, like abdominal pain, fatigue, and insomnia. Some people can cope with stress easily, while others feel overwhelmed when under a lot of pressure. 

You can reduce your stressor and increase your ability to handle it. Following these easy steps can help you enjoy the Holidays reconnecting with your family and friends without feeling stressed out:

  1. Manage your time. Prioritize the events you would like to attend. Delegate simple tasks to other family members. 
  1. Maintain healthy habits. Get enough sleep. Drink 6-8 glasses of water. Reduce alcohol intake. Eat more organic fruits and vegetables to help calm you
  1. Do self-care as a priority. For example, treat yourself with a massage or acupuncture. Take a break,  or spend time with nature.
  1. Budget your money. Don’t spend more than what you earn. Prioritize your purchases. Differentiate needs from wants. 
  1. Create a support group. Sometimes holidays can be difficult, especially if you lost a loved one or had a relationship breakup. Talk to a therapist, counselor, or doctor if you need help.

Key Action

  1. Practice gratitude daily.

“Breathe and let go, smile and laugh, and have a positive outlook in life. These are the secrets to having a peaceful and balanced life.”

Dr. Veronica Joseph is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine
Dr. Veronica Joseph

Dr. Veronica Joseph is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Holistic Wellness Expert, and author of #1 International Best-Selling Book, “Unlocking Your Super Life: A Guide to a Healthier and Happier You!”  For more info, please contact her at

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