How to Relieve Stress During the Holidays & Get Back to Enjoying the Season

By Dec 15, 2013July 10th, 201428 Comments

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The holidays are upon us, like it or not. If you’re looking for sure-fire ways on how to relieve stress during the holidays, then keep reading!

This time of year can conjure up the best of feelings or the worst, and seemingly all at the same time.

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How to Relieve Stress During the Holidays

Women tend to suffer more than usual during this time, or stuff the feelings inside, which isn’t a good thing to do for a number of reasons.

Here are a few tips to help you not only survive the holidays, but to actually enjoy them this year.

1. Get In Touch With Your Inner Child

Take a few minutes to sit in a quiet place and revisit the Christmases of your childhood. What did you enjoy the most about those times? Was it the gift giving? The time off school to spend with friends? Getting together with extended family members? Whatever it was, allow yourself some time to reflect upon those memories and feel the joy. It just might carry over into Christmas present!

2. Don’t Try To Be Perfect

It’s a total impossibility anyway so why waste precious time and energy trying to make everything perfect? You go through a lot of trouble to make it all just right. Maybe you’re newly married, or a first-time mom or you’re having a house full of guest. It won’t be perfect! And most people wouldn’t notice even if you could work that perfection magic, certainly not a newborn. It is what it is, so enjoy the moment, knowing that memories are being made with or without perfection.

3. Embrace The Dirt

I never quite understood why, during the busiest time of the year, my mom would choose to do a deep cleaning of our house during the holiday season while I was growing up. Actually, I didn’t have that thought until I was married and had a house of my own, but come on! Not only do we add shopping; (spending a lot of extra money that we probably don’t have in the first place), we also do a lot of extra baking, cooking, crafting, decorating and entertaining. Is this the time to clean your house from top to bottom?! I think not. Again, most people won’t notice whether you did or didn’t. Save that deep cleaning for a time during the winter (especially if you live in a cold state), to do your deep cleaning.

4. Help Someone In Need

With all the economical uncertainty and downsizing that has taken place world-wide, there are many hurting families. It really is better to give than to receive. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, for the joy you feel inside when helping someone who is in need is a feeling that you can’t compare or get anywhere else. If you don’t personally know of someone you can help then contact a local church or charitable organization. They will have plenty of suggestions on ways to help or families in need.

5. Start A New Tradition!

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the ornament tradition we started when our first child was born. We bought a pair of booties; a ceramic ornament, complete with a pink ribbon. It was to commemorate the birth of our daughter. We received several ornaments for her that year and a tradition was born. Every year since then we each get a new ornament (all 5 of us), something personal to signify an event that took place, i.e. playing a sport, dancing, license, graduation, marriage; you get the picture. When my kids move out they will be able to take their ornaments with them for their own Christmas tree and ours won’t be totally empty as we have been adding yearly to our collection.

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6. This One Is a Bonus For All the Bloggers Out There

In all the busyness it can be hard to find the time to write the many posts you want (need) to write. This would be a great time to feature some other bloggers on your site. Pay it Forward was a great post on SITS Girls talking about this subject. You can ask them to guest posts, or better still, direct your posts to their site, saying a few kind words about why you like the post or why you adore the person behind the blog. Tis the season, right? Spread some holiday blogging cheer and feature a few bloggers during this busy time of year. It’s a win/win situation.

Whether you choose to do any of the suggestions in this post or not, I hope you have a truly joyful holiday season and the best 2014 you can possibly have.

We would love to hear your suggestions on how to have a less stressful holiday season.

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Laurie has been a wife for too many years to count. She is the mother of three mostly grown children. Her last year as a homeschooling mom will come to an end in 2014. Life is changing for this entrepreneur turned blogger and author of her first E-book. She often feels like the odd man out in the blogging world because she is in her fifties, but her love of social media and writing keeps her hanging in and always learning. You can find Laurie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog, Beyond My Blue Door, where she writes about life and the many lessons learned along the way. Oh, and she can hardly wait to become a grandma!


  • Laurie says:

    Good for you…spreading Christmas cheer. Buddy the elf would be proud. 🙂

  • This was a great post. I love Number 6, I am writing a ‘Favorites’ post tomorrow featuring a blogger I have connected with and hopefully my readers can also. Great post! Thanks!

  • Laurie, love the idea of helping someone in need. This is something so wonderful to do always but specially this time of the year. Baking for a neighbour who just had a new baby, shovelling the snow for someone who’s too old to do it, saying something nice to every person you meet are just some ideas.

    Thanks for keeping us focused on what’s important 🙂

  • Chris Carter says:

    Perfect ideas indeed Laurie! My kids get to pick out an ornament each year that reflects what they are doing or loving etc. I can’t wait for the collection by the time they are on their own!! They will have a beautiful box of history to hang on their own tree!!! 🙂

  • Laurie says:

    Aww, thanks. Have a great holiday season!

  • Love it…this is so smart. Thank you for the encouragement : much needed this season.

  • Great thoughts, especially about cleaning the house! I fall into the camp of wanting my house clean for the holidays, but it actually doesn’t make any sense now that you point it out. Definitely going to let that one go for this time of year.

    • Laurie says:

      I know, right? Such a waste of time considering the many extra things that are added to an already full schedule. I’m glad you’re giving it a try!

  • Great ideas. I’ve fallen behind on my blog post so the pay it forward is one to consider.

    Happy holidays.

  • thanku for ur tips its time for Christmas and practical test for ur tips

  • Laurie says:

    LOL! I’m sure it is. Enjoy the holidays.

  • Joy says:

    Great post! I embraced a lot of those lessons a few years back and went from OCD-Christmas-nightmare to a jolly little elf! It is so much more enjoyable to actually enjoy the holidays!

  • Kendra says:

    You are so right – no one will notice if the house isn’t perfectly clean!

  • Laurie says:

    Great tip~ I truly believe it’s better to give than receive. I love to pay it forward. Merry Christmas to you Geeta!

  • Geeta says:

    Perfect post! I love the holiday season so much I’m always trying to spread the cheer to others. Good tips! There’s no reason adults can’t enjoy this time of year as much as children. Don’t focus so much on perfection or the material aspects but all the meanings behind the holiday and some of the opportunities it presents!

    Here’s another tip: if you’re having a hard time thinking of something to do for yourself to get rid of any Grinch-like feelings you’re suffering from, think of doing for others. For example, dreading holiday shopping? Make it more bearable for yourself and other people by giving out some random giftcards for a drink at Starbucks or something. You might find by making that grumpy looking shopper’s day a bit brighter you brighten up your own as well (it’s one of my favorite things to do!)!

    To bask in the season, I’m also writing a short holiday story on my blog.

    Enjoy & Merry Christmas!

  • Wonderful set of tips! I recently did a similar post to this one. Thanks for sharing!

  • Magda says:

    Hello Laurie, thank you for a really nice post giving lots of positive expectations and inspirations. I especially enjoyed no. 5 – starting a new tradition. This is something that may help to get rid of boredom, feel creative and in command of our lives 🙂 For me, boredom is one of the most stressing factor, so maybe it’s worth to try it. Thank you once again, best regards and Merry Christmas!

    • Laurie says:

      I do love Christmas traditions…old and new. Hopefully you will find a way to relieve the boredom and lessen your holiday stress. Merry Christmas to you!