The Holidays can bring up so many different emotions, both the good and bad. As we launch into the holidays we are often flooded with different memories that impact us in so many ways; whereas, other times of the year we typically are primarily influenced by our day-to-day stressors. As such, there are specific dates throughout the year, the holidays being one of them, that launch us into a chaos of feelings.

We are almost forced to endure all of these emotions as days draw nearer to the inevitable date. There is nothing we can do to change the holiday approaching, but there are ways we can continue to care for ourselves through these uncomfortable and emotional periods.


Here are 9 ways to care for yourself through the holidays:


Love yourself – take a moment to acknowledge yourself and the feelings you are having. Give yourself some credit for getting to this point and love yourself.

Breathe – breathe, take deep breathes, and find a moment to relax.

Slow things down – stop, don’t adopt this sense of “pressure” that comes with the holidays, S-L-O-W things down.

Prioritize – make a list, what is important for you and your family this holiday and go with it.

Do something you love – just like it says. Do something you love.

Express gratitude – giving thanks, to yourself, to your family, to those is important to you is vital during this hectic period of the year.

Accept love – make sure to open your heart to love as it is presented to you.

Take notice – take a moment and notice, “how am I feeling right now? Am I feeling alright? Have I been able to slow things down? Have I prioritized what is important to me? How have I seen love expressed towards me lately?”

Celebrate – that’s right, celebrate you, celebrate the ways in which you’ve honored yourself and the things that are important to you.

Don’t forget, let me know how these have helped you through the holidays.


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10 thoughts on “Tips to Survive Holiday Stress”

  1. I really love everything you wrote about in this post! especially to do something you love! The holidays can be a very stressful time for everyone!

    1. Maria Littleton says:

      I love your feedback. Let’s do something we love during the holidays!!! I’ll be speaking more about doing something you love in the coming days.

  2. Elle says:

    I love this list! I especially appreciate you putting accept love. ‘Tis the season to forgive and forget!

    1. Maria Littleton says:

      Thank you for your feedback. I want to share things that are valuable and relevant to my readers. For the rest of the month each day I elaborate a little bit more about each tip on the list. Stay tuned to delve deeper into your favorite tip.

  3. Dona says:

    I appreciate this. So many people suffer during this time of year, but there are ways to deal with the tension. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Maria Littleton says:

      Thanks Dona for reaching back to me. You are right, many struggle at this time of year. We have to remember to care for ourselves with love.

  4. Sara says:

    These are all excellent tips and a great reminder for me to take it easy on myself –and others — this season. Thank you for posting this!

    1. Maria Littleton says:

      Hi Sara,
      I’m glad you find these tips to be helpful to you. This is a time of year that we must be gentle on ourselves and others. Happy Holidays!

    1. Maria Littleton says:

      Thank you Nada. I hope you find these to be useful and uplifting this holiday.

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