How to Take Care of Yourself During the Holidays

Putting too much pressure on yourself to make the holidays perfect can lead to exhaustion and anxiety. Bring the joy back into the season. Read on for tips on how you can take care of yourself and avoid stress during the holidays.

  • Only do the holiday traditions you enjoy. You don't have to participate in every tradition to experience the joy of the holidays, so only do the ones you enjoy the most. You'll save energy and money and have more time to spend with family and friends.

  • Recruit helpers. Assign a few holiday to-dos to your spouse and children. If you'll be hosting a party, ask guests to bring a dish.

  • Get some rest. Avoid exhaustion. Take a break or go to bed early when you feel tired. You don't have to do it all.

  • Socialize with friends and family. The holidays can be a lonely time for those of us who've lost loved ones, so make plans to visit with friends and family. The social interaction will help you realize you're not alone.

  • Make gift giving easier. Save time and eliminate stress by asking everyone what they want, or do a Secret Santa gift exchange or give to charity instead.

  • Schedule some relaxation time. Whether it's a massage or a trip to the salon or barber, schedule something relaxing, away from the holiday hustle and bustle.

  • Let your town play host. Nearly every town hosts several holiday events throughout the season (some of which are free to attend). Take advantage of these events instead of planning your own.

  • Eat holiday treats in moderation. Eat a healthy breakfast and lunch every day to stave off the temptation to eat every holiday treat in sight.

  • Drink alcohol sparingly. Avoid hangovers and regrets. Keep it to one drink if you're a woman or two if you're a man, and always know who the designated driver will be before you leave for the party. Also, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.