7 Tips to Beating Holiday Stress


This is truly my favorite time of year.  I love the change in the weather and traveling to different places as well as listening to lovely Christmas music and indulging in delicious food.  I love all the decorations and the scent of pine and pies.  However, I also stress a bit during the holidays.  There are so many commitments, expectations and people that I prefer to keep away from that it really can be draining and short circuit the holiday cheer.

If you struggle during the holidays whether it’s due to finances, family, commitments or expectations, I have a few tips for you.

  1. Say NO!  If you’re not feeling it, don’t do it.  Respect your time, feelings and energy.

  2. Create a budget.  Many people go into debt because they feel obligated to get gifts for people they don’t even like. Figure out who’s important to you and give the rest a high five with a Happy Holidays.

  3. Avoid the mall.  Shopping online can save you time, money, car scratches and dents as well as your sanity.  If you’re not sure what to gift, the Empowered YOU-7 day online program is a great gift.

  4. Avoid politics at parties.  No explanation needed.

  5. Have an exit strategy.  My husband and I have signal, that I will not disclose here, to know when we’ve had enough.  When it’s time to go, it’s time to go. Fake a fainting spell if you must.  Save yourself any which way you can.

  6. Enjoy your favorite foods.  The holidays come around only once per year.  Don’t over do it but also don’t stress yourself about not eating your Aunt Edna’s famous, county fair award winning pecan pie with a scoop of vanilla bean ice-cream to top it off.

  7. Drink! Water for sure but when all else fails, a Vodka tonic with a twist can ease the pain of dealing with certain people, places and things.  Kidding!?!?

Remember that you’re a badass and can handle anything.

Need extra help getting through the rest of the year?  Here’s a short meditation you can and should do daily.

Cheers to the best holiday season ever!

Dr. Aixa Goodrich