Coping with Holiday Stress

Posted on Nov 22, 2017 by Tonya Dittman

Stressed woman shopping for gifts of Christmas with red santa hat looking angry and distressed

The holidays are supposed to be a time of happiness and good cheer. While that often is the case, it’s also a time of year that can cause a lot of stress, depression, and anxiety. I read an article recently that describes a few of the things that can contribute to these feelings:

  • Looming year-end deadlines as organizations are rushing to prepare for the coming year
  • Holiday travel and the inevitable delays that come with it
  • Financial woes with gift giving, holiday parties, etc.
  • Family drama that results from having too many people under one roof
  • Winter blues from the lack of sunlight, inclement weather, and colder temperatures
  • Weight gain from all of the overeating and indulging in the sugary goodness of holiday baking
  • Loneliness for those experiencing life-changing events such as a death, divorce, or simply not having a strong social circle of family and friends
  • The stress of feeling unable to say no to the endless events and parties that happen this time of year

If you have ever experienced these feelings, know that you’re not alone. Simply admitting to feeling these emotions and understanding that others experience them from time to time is helpful too. There are a number of things you can do to cope with holiday stress in healthy ways:

  • Aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Your body needs passive recovery time, so plan for a normal bedtime ritual.
  • Prioritize your days. Keep a schedule and plan tasks according to their importance and deadlines. This will keep you away from procrastination and ultimately safe from worry.
  • Give yourself permission to say no to certain activities. Balancing your time will help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and stressed.
  • Take a deep breath. Close your eyes and focus on slowly inhaling and exhaling to lower your stress level.

In addition to these tips, check out the following article for a few more ways to manage these emotions and ensure you have a happy and healthy holiday season!

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Tonya Dittman

About Tonya Dittman

Tonya has held various marketing roles during her tenure at Miron, which began in 2007. As the director of culture, Tonya is dedicated to Miron’s goal of being a great place to work for its employees. She inspires a positive work culture, identifies Miron’s ideal employee experience, measures and provides recommendations to enhance Miron’s employee experience, and leads the development of Miron’s C5 culture. As director of culture, Tonya is also responsible for enhancing The Miron Way orientation program and supporting additional culture-related Academy of Excellence learning programs as well as Miron’s Dream Project and Wellness Program. Tonya holds a degree in psychology and business from St. Norbert College. She is a LEED Green Associate and a graduate of Leadership Fox Cities. Tonya is a member of the United Way Fox Cities Campaign Volunteer Committee and the Utech Consulting Leadership Collective.

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