Holiday Guide: How to Effectively Deal with Stress

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Many of us look forward to a holiday season full of joy; however, if we aren't careful, stress can derail us and impact our emotions during this time of year. You can effectively deal with holiday stress by referring to the guide I share in this blog.

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Marshall Connects blog, Holiday Guide: How to Effectively Deal with Stress

Do you find the holidays a stressful time of year that affects your emotions?  You are not alone; many do. I recommend you follow our guide and create a plan to increase joy and happiness for you and your family.

Managing emotions is critical to our quality of life; however, Managing our emotions effectively throughout the holidays is tricky and requires us to be more tolerant of ourselves and others. Packing your patience and not sweating the small stuff are great ways to reduce stress. Considerable time and effort are necessary to learn to effectively read our emotions and understand how they affect our decision-making and our ability to empathize with others. Managing them comes next, which requires significant skill but is attainable.

How To Give The Best Of Yourself Over The Holidays

It is possible to give the best of yourself, find joy, and keep stress at a minimum during the holidays. The key is to have a positive outlook. You can retain a positive attitude and perspective by focusing on the good in your life. I wrote a blog several years ago in which I shared strategies for being proactive about increasing joy and reducing stress during the holidays. Read more: The Gift of Your Best Self: Unwrapping Your Full Potential This Season.

Laughter Reduces Stress And Increases Joy

You must laugh and smile more to reduce stress and increase positive emotions like joy and happiness this holiday season. Several years ago, I wrote a blog about laughter's vital role in reducing stress,  improving our mental health and reducing negative emotions. Laughter is a gift, a universal language that connects us and benefits our entire body. Read more to guide you through a  - Laughter is The Best Medicine to Boost The Holiday Season.

Holiday Guide: 12 Simple Times to Effectively Deal with Stress

To reduce holiday stress, you must consider these strategies:

  1. Manage your emotions instead of them managing you.
  2. Maintain a positive outlook with a "glass is half-full attitude."
  3. Create opportunities to laugh and smile.
  4. Don't overdo it; pace yourself. Maintain a "less is more mindset."
  5. Plan to drop by holiday gatherings for a couple of hours instead of staying for the evening.
  6. Reduce your time with extended family to have time for your family and yourself.
  7. If you found last year stressful, change things by developing new traditions.
  8. Reduce the amount you Eat, Drink and Spend over the holidays to create a balance.
  9. Too Much Togetherness.
  10. Not Enough Togetherness.
  11. Practise mindfulness and remember to breathe.
  12. Give more cards with personal notes and fewer gifts.

This year, consider the guide above for ways to eliminate stress and negative emotions and enjoy your family and friends during the holidays to create memories with joy and laughter that will bring out the best in you and your loved ones. Check out my second book, The Power of Emotion, A Practical Guide to Making The Most Of Your Emotional Intelligence. Be sure to check out many more motivational blogs here.

This article was originally published on December 18, 2021, and has been updated (November 2023).

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