Holiday Stress Management Tips

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Posted November 19, 2013 by Katie Fleming in Life After Five

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The Holidays are coming!  The Holidays are coming!  You know what that means…work stress, family stress, and life stress.  Here are a few tips to help keep you sane in each realm.

Work Stress

  1. De-clutter your desk.  By doing so, you’re preventing those terrifying “OMG where is that file?” moments.
  2. Prioritize your projects.  Plan ahead for projects that must be finished before the holidays, projects that you would like to finish before the holidays, and projects that can wait until after the holidays.
  3. Use your work time wisely.  Try to avoid the temptation of doing some online shopping, or any other internet distractions.  You’ll thank yourself later!

Family Stress

  1. Worried about all those awkward and personal questions Auntie Sue asks you every year?  Find a moment you’re in a good mood, and imagine your upcoming conversation with her.  Plan out your warm, polite responses as to avoid feeling awkward and lost for words in the moment.
  2. If you’re feeling anxious about attending family events over the holidays, walk into those events with a different frame of mind.  Imagine yourself to be an anthropologist, observing your own family.  This way, rather than feeling caught in the middle of any uncomfortable dynamics, you can mentally step back and simply observe them as they happen!
  3. Remember to engage in self-care.  Eat healthy, exercise, and spend time with loved ones.  It’s much easier to spread love, peace, and joy when you’re feeling loved, peaceful, and joyful!

Life Stress

  1. Sleep as close to the ideal 8 hours of sleep every night.  The better rested you are, the more you’re able to handle any type of stress.
  2. Indulge in a few quiet moments every day.  Close your eyes, find a comfortable position, and do some deep breathing.  Make your exhales longer than your inhales.  Start by breathing in for 3 counts, out for 6.  Paced breathing is a natural and effective way to calm your body.
  3. Treat yourself!  Get a manicure, pedicure, see a movie, have a slice of your favorite cake, spend a whole day reading, anything that feels relaxing and indulgent.


About the Author

Katie Fleming

Katie earned her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University, and is currently a Crisis Therapist in Chicago. Her therapy interests include health and wellness, relationships, trauma, and crisis. Katie is also a therapist with a group practice in Arlington Heights. Katie is thrilled to be a part of Career Girl Network, helping to guide all Career Girls towards overall physical, emotional, and mental wellness. Katie is passionate about animal rescue, running, and yoga. She is the proud dog mom of Gulliver and Duke!

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