How to Remain Stress-Free During the Holidays

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rusty How to Remain Stress-Free During the Holidays
by Rusty Gregory, MS, CSCS, CWC

Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry with family and friends; a time to be spent with loved ones enjoying all that the season of love has to offer. So, with all of the fun and meaningful experiences that surround the holidays, why do we feel so stressed out from start to finish? Well, with parties, shopping trips to the mall, and pageants and concerts, it’s no wonder that it drives the calmest of personalities into a frenzy.

Therefore, it’s not only a good idea to get a head-start on how you’re going to handle this year’s holiday stress, it’s essential. Let’s take a look at how to reduce stress when celebrating with family and friends. Try the following techniques to see your stress go down and your holiday joy go up:

  1. Arrive on time, leave on time. Guests and hosts both appreciate those people who are prompt and don’t overstay their welcome.
  2. Let bygones be bygones. Set aside differences at least during your celebration of the holidays. This can be challenging depending on the size of your tiff, but it’s certainly rewarding, especially to those around you.
  3. Don’t discuss politics or religion. Now is probably not the time to start a discussion on controversial political events or telling others that their religious convictions are off-base. These are highly emotional topics that are sure to set people off.
  4. Roll with the punches. If a family member insults or embarrasses you, take it in stride. This is bound to happen, even in the closest of families.
  5. The pressure to overspend. Set a reasonable budget and stick to it. If others want to overspend on your gift, let them; don’t allow yourself to fall into their game of guilt.

Sometimes stress is unavoidable during this time of year. If all you can think about is “When will this be over?”, then it’s time to call in the big-boys, the stress easers, that is. Implementing the following ideas will help calm the holiday nerves:

  1. Don’t over-schedule yourself. No when to say when. Even though it’s the season of giving, at some point other areas of your life will be sacrificed if you give too much of yourself.
  2. Practice relaxation techniques. These can be done almost anywhere and anytime and requires very little time.
  3. Exercise regularly. Do your best to workout daily during the holidays even with all of the craziness going on around you. This will definitely help alleviate your stress.
  4. Get a massage. This therapeutic treatment relaxes tight muscles increases the healing process, and soothes the mind.
  5. Take a hot bath. This self-pampering activity at the end of a stressful day is sure to calm your nerves.


Rusty Gregory is a personal fitness trainer and wellness coach. He is the author of SELF-CARE REFORM: How to Discover Your Path to Good Health, a book that provides the necessary tools to help you write a vision, set goals, reach your best self, and stay there. Rusty is currently coauthoring Living Wheat-Free For Dummies that will be published in March 2014. He will be writing a series of articles to help you manage your holiday stress and prepare you for your New Year’s resolutions.

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Hi! My name is Shannon Golladay! I'm married and have three little girls. I am passionate about helping moms feel and look amazing! I struggled with my weight during and after my pregnancies. I found a way to workout at home and get in awesome shape! Now I'm paying it forward and helping other moms like me reach their goals.

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