Dealing with Holiday-Related Stress

Ah, the holiday season… where as soon as thanksgiving is over, the rest of the year passes by in the blink of an eye.

For most, the last few weeks of November all the way through the entirety of December is a giant snowball of stress and anxiety. So whether your holiday stress is caused by toxic family ties or the struggle to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, you can rest assured knowing that you’re able to minimize those negative feelings.

Family-Related Stress

While this time of year is meant for reflecting and spending time with your loved ones, there are people out there who either don’t have a great relationship with their relatives, or family gatherings have a tendency of being one big mess. Regardless of your situation, it is important to try and squeeze in time for yourself.

It may be hard for some relatives to understand this (especially parents), but you are your own person and don’t necessarily have to bend to their every will like you did growing up. You may not share the same political/religious/social views that your givers of life raised you with, which is definitely a source of tension in most families, but disassociating from reality can help with this.

Distancing yourself from family is a necessary practice, whether you’re coming home from college or hanging with your in-laws for the holiday. I’m not saying to go ahead and quarantine yourself, unless if the situation is really that bad, but we’re all human and have moments where we want to be alone.

My suggestion: Take a walk around your childhood neighborhood by yourself, make art in your room, take a nap. Do literally anything it takes to keep you from starting fights with those relatives that refuse to see your perspective for the sake of not tearing the family apart.

Gift-Related Stress

Flat-lay Photography of Present Boxes

Tis the season of gift-giving, which can be hard for those who aren’t financially stable enough to buy something for everyone on their list. Being bombarded with workplace and/or friend group Secret Santas or White Elephant Exchanges on top of buying gifts for those closest to you (i.e. family, friends, your neighbor’s new puppy, etc.) can put more weight on your bank account.

My suggestion: Try to make home and/or handmade gifts for those closest to you. You may not be the best artist, but abstract art is a thing that exists and your mom was wanting a new painting to hang up on her living room wall anyway, so why not give her the satisfaction of both fulfilling her home décor obsession AND showing her that you put a lot of thought and effort into your gift, since you made it yourself.

While there are FOR SURE other sources of stress during this season, I thought writing about these two were most critical. If you guys want more insight on other holiday stressors, let me know! Regardless, the holidays are supposed to be one of the happiest times of the year, and we shouldn’t let such trivial things and the materialistic ways of our society keep us from being happy. The new year is coming up fast, so we need to take these last few moments of 2018 in- while we still can. Try to keep a positive outlook despite all of the holiday hoopla!

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6 thoughts on “Dealing with Holiday-Related Stress

  1. Naomi says:

    I definitely think one of the hardest parts of the festive season is the expectation to go to so many parties and gatherings, the stress of it makes me want to become a recluse, but I am learning to only say yes to the things I want and need to partake in, the rest I am politely declining! Great post, I hope you have a good Christmas xx

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    • Aliece Brown says:

      I didn’t even think about all of the holiday parties! Thanks for bringing this up, and for giving some pretty awesome advice along with it too


  2. lifeofshar says:

    Great post I do wish I had read this before Christmas but it is still really helpful. You’re right about making time for yourself, especially when it comes to family. I have to make sure to give myself some personal space around this time of the year because it does get very stressful. Making handmade gifts is something I want to do every year but never have, maybe next year! xx

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    • Aliece Brown says:

      thank you so much for the lovely comment! I would even recommend to try these tactic at any time of year, even though I know the big holiday season can 10x more stressful for some. I want to start implementing more homemade gifts too. maybe for once I can take my own advice haha


  3. Loren Gomez says:

    Great post on dealing with the stress. Thankfully my family has a lower expectation this year on various things which kind of help with the stress of gifts.
    Merry belated Christmas
    Loren |

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