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A Guide to Managing Stress and Overwhelm During the Holidays

The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness, but it can also bring along stress and overwhelm. As the year comes to a close, it's crucial to focus on maintaining balance and well-being. In this blog post, we'll explore strategies to manage stress and overwhelm during the holidays, recognizing that everybody is different and what works for one person may not work for another.

Identify Your Stressors and Set Boundaries:

Recognizing that everyone experiences stress differently is the first step towards a more relaxed holiday season. Take a moment to reflect on what aspects of the holidays trigger stress and overwhelm for you. Whether it's the pressure to host the perfect gathering or the chaos of last-minute shopping, understanding your stressors is key. Once identified, set clear boundaries. If a commitment or task doesn't bring you joy, consider saying no. Embrace the power of prioritization to create a more manageable schedule.

Keep Expectations in Check:

The allure of the "perfect holiday" often leads to unrealistic expectations. We envision flawless family moments and magical celebrations, setting ourselves up for disappointment. Instead, focus on making meaningful memories rather than chasing an idealized version of the holiday season. Embrace imperfections, knowing that they often lead to the most cherished moments.

Schedule Enjoyable Events and Activities:

Take control of your holiday schedule by proactively planning enjoyable events and activities. Whether it's a cozy movie night, a cookie decorating party, or a simple walk in the winter wonderland, get these activities on the calendar. Prioritize moments that bring joy and connection, allowing you to savor the essence of the season.

Harness the Power of Gratitude:

When stress threatens to overshadow the holiday spirit, remember the secret weapon – gratitude. Pause and reflect on the aspects of your life that bring you joy and fulfillment. Whether it's your health, the warmth of your home, or the companionship of loved ones, expressing gratitude can shift your focus from stress to appreciation. Take a moment to list or vocalize these blessings, breaking the cycle of negativity.

Prioritize "Me Time" on the Calendar:

In the midst of holiday preparations, it's easy to neglect self-care. Combat stress by intentionally scheduling time for yourself. Whether it's a leisurely lunch with a friend, a rejuvenating massage, or a quiet walk in nature, make self-care a non-negotiable part of your holiday agenda. These moments of respite will not only recharge your energy but also provide a necessary reset for a more enjoyable holiday experience.


As the holiday season unfolds, let's prioritize our well-being and find balance amid the festivities. By understanding our individual stressors, setting boundaries, embracing imperfections, planning enjoyable activities, practicing gratitude, and scheduling "me time," we can navigate the holidays with resilience and joy. From our corporate wellness family to yours, here's to a season filled with genuine moments, connection, and well-deserved self-care.

Kim Gorab

President & Founder


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