Managing Stress During the Holidays: Everything You Need to Know

Although the holidays can be joyful, happy times, they can also be filled with unwanted stress and headaches. Crowded parking lots and lines at the shopping mall, the pressure of trying to find the perfect gift while staying within budget, the list goes on. Because no one likes feeling stressed (especially during the holidays), here are some of our top tips on how to help manage stress.

Set a Budget

As with most things in life, it’s important to set a budget and stick to it. Take a look at your finances and come up with a number that won’t break the bank. Create a list of the people you’d like to give gifts to and then divide that number per person accordingly.

Be Strategic

Once you’ve created your list, start to think of ideas of what to give each person before you head to the mall. Once you have the general idea, list some possible stores that you think may have the perfect gift. Try to map out your trip to the mall ahead of time to avoid wasting time walking up and down the crowded mall.

Dress Comfortably

Model is wearing Samuel Hubbard 24 Seven Boots for Her in Whiskey. Photo by Tex Allen.

With chilly outdoor temperatures and warm, heated stores, it’s important to dress in layers so you don’t overheat or get too cold. Also, just as important is wearing comfortable footwear that you’ll be able to walk and stand for long periods of time. There’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable while you’re trying to shop and battle the crowds!

Try Shopping Online

Do you hate waiting in long lines at the checkout counter or having to race around the parking lot competing for a spot? Consider doing some (or all) of your holiday shopping online this year. Not only will it save you time, but it will save you the headache of having to deal with all the stress a mall can bring during the holidays.

Be sure to check out our online shopping guide here for some additional tips.  

Bring Snacks

Long lines seem to be everywhere during the holiday season. To help keep your energy and spirits high, be sure to bring plenty of snacks and water with you. There’s nothing worse than feeling hangry while waiting in a line that is 20+ people long! Best bets: mixed nuts, fresh fruit, granola bars and water.

Be Mindful

Did someone just snag the last size medium that you were looking for? While things like this can be frustrating, try not to let it bother you. Keep perspective and take a few deep breaths. Try to remember what the holiday season is all about to help give you some peace of mind.

Save Receipts

Keep all of your receipts in one designated spot rather than in each individual bag. This will help you stay on track with your budget and come in handy should anyone want to exchange or return any of the gifts.

Pamper Yourself

While the holidays are all about giving to others, it’s important to take a break and take care of yourself. When you’re at the mall, see if they have one of those express spas and treat yourself to a quick manicure and pedicure (men too!).

Or after returning home from the mall, take a 20-minute power nap to recharge your batteries. Not only will you feel a lot better, but it will also help build up your immunity during the cold season.

Wrapping Presents

Instead of waiting until the night before to wrap all of your presents, take time each week to wrap a few presents so they don’t all pile up at the end. Turn on some holiday music, pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy the magic of the holidays!

Give Back

Still feeling stressed about the holidays? Try giving back to those in need. Whether you donate a toy to a less fortunate child or food to a family in need, giving back is a great way to help others who need it most and to help give you perspective about all there is to be grateful for.