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  • Writer's pictureSarah Carlson

How to Handle the Upcoming Holiday Stress

The holidays can be a hectic time for everyone. From party planning to family gatherings to shopping for gifts, it's easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out. But there are things you can do to make this holiday season more enjoyable and less stressful. Here are three tips to help you deal with holiday stress.

1. Make a List of What Needs to be Done and Delegate

One of the best ways to reduce stress is to make a list of everything that needs to be done and then delegate tasks to others where possible. If you're hosting a holiday party, for example, ask family or friends to bring a dish or help with decorating.

If you're responsible for buying gifts, enlist the help of friends or relatives to do some of the shopping for you. And if you're traveling for the holidays, plan your trip in advance and pack your bags well ahead of time so you're not rushed at the last minute.

2. Follow Your Budget

Another way to reduce stress during the holidays is to set a budget and stick to it. Before you start shopping for gifts, sit down and figure out how much money you can realistically spend without going into debt.

Once you have a budget, make sure you commit to it by comparison shopping and looking for sales. There are plenty of great deals to be had if you take the time to look for them.

3. Don't Overcommit Yourself

It's also important not to overcommit yourself during the holidays. Say no if you don't want to attend every single holiday party or get-together. And if you need some time for yourself, don't be afraid to take a break from all the holiday festivities and just relax at home with a good book or movie. You'll be able to enjoy the holidays much more if you don't try to do too much.


The holidays can be a stressful time, but there are things you can do to make it more enjoyable. By making a list of what needs to be done and delegating where possible, setting a budget, and not overcommitting yourself, you can reduce your stress level and focus on enjoying this special time of year.

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