65 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

Destressing is the best way to make your holidays happy. These 65 ways to reduce holiday stress will ensure your holiday season is less stressful, happier and healthier.

Social Ways

Tips to reduce holiday stress include saying no, accepting yourself, and venting.

  • Talk to your friends about your frustrations and joys.
  • Have a glass of wine or eggnog, but don't overdo it.
  • Prioritize invitations to reduce holiday stress.
  • Say no to parties, or make a brief appearance.
  • Refuse to compare your appearance, lifestyle or possessions to other people's.

Physical Ways

Tips to reduce holiday stress include physical activity, massage, and nutrition. Learning how to stay healthy at Christmas is a great way to reduce holiday stress.

  • Get a massage.
  • Go skating, skiing, or walking in the snow.
  • Take a hot bubble bath.
  • Stop eating before you're full.
  • Get enough sleep to reduce holiday stress.
  • Reduce your caffeine intake.
  • Take your vitamins, supplements, minerals.
  • Drinks lots of water.
  • Get a manicure or pedicure.

Mental Ways

Tips for less holiday stress include choosing your priorities, letting go and snoozing.

  • Volunteer at a food bank or special holiday dinner.
  • Take downtime to snooze, read, relax.
  • Play your favorite card and board games to reduce holiday stress.
  • Take a crossword puzzle or Suduku break.
  • Pick your battles, choose your priorities.
  • Let go of the little stuff to reduce holiday stress.
  • Watch your favorite TV shows or movies.
  • Share your baking with homebound people or lonely neighbors.

Emotional Ways

Tips for less holiday stress include punching pillows, being alone and laughing.

  • Practice gratitude.
  • Have realistic expectations to reduce holiday stress.
  • Laugh!
  • Stay in touch with your authentic emotions.
  • Cry, scream, or punch the pillow when you need to.
  • Stop to take a deep breath.
  • Be alone for a few minutes or hours to reduce holiday stress.
  • Keep old traditions alive, but be open to new ones.
  • Let yourself grieve if you've recently lost someone you love.


Tips to reduce holiday stress include music therapy, museums, and movies.

  • Paint, draw or carve your thoughts and feelings.
  • Visit a museum or art gallery to reduce holiday stress.
  • Go to a movie in the middle of the day by yourself.
  • Listen to music that relaxes and/or energizes you.
  • Go for a drive in the country; stop for hot chocolate and muffins.
  • Write in your journal to reduce holiday stress.

Praying & Remembering the Big Picture

  • Meditate or pray often.
  • Read the Bible, Torah, or other meaningful book.
  • Seek the deep meaning behind church or mass services to reduce holiday stress.
  • Remember that your God, Creator or Higher Power is working behind the scenes.
  • Adjust your perspective to include peace, compassion, and forgiveness.

Practical Ways

Tips for less holiday stress include shopping early, organizing potlucks, and delegating.

  • Use lists and calendars to stay organized
  • Set attainable decorating goals to reduce holiday stress.
  • Delegate chores: cooking, childcare, caring for guests, etc.
  • Cook the turkey; let guests bring the rest.
  • Be flexible with timing, food, and schedules to reduce holiday stress.
  • Rent funny DVDs and videos to keep people occupied.
  • Shop over the Internet to avoid crowds.
  • Ensure your prescription medication is refilled.
  • Give yourself extra time to reduce holiday stress.
  • Stick to your financial budget.
  • Avoid impulse buys to reduce holiday stress.

Relational Ways

Tips to reduce holiday stress include sticking with your routines and ignoring criticisms.

  • Change your regular responses to aggravating family members.
  • Shrug off insults, challenges, and criticisms.
  • Avoid past betrayals, mistakes, failures - both yours and others'.
  • Don't expect people to change (unless you change first).
  • Enlist kids' help in baking cookies and cleaning up to reduce holiday stress.
  • Stick with your kids' routine, if possible.
  • Enforce the regular rules for sharing, indoor voices, etc.
  • Maintain healthy boundaries to reduce holiday stress.