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Tips to Deal with Anxiety and Stress Over The Holidays


Ivy Slater



Ivy Slater is a professionally certified business coach, speaker, international best selling author and podcast host. As CEO of Slater Success, Ivy works closely with C Suite executives and upper level managers to advise and create clear strategies that provide instant and long term impact on businesses. She speaks all over the country at corporate conferences, seminars, and workshops on the topics of leadership, sustainable growth and sales.

Here are 4 tips to help you cope with the stress and anxiety that comes with the holiday season. 


Holiday time brings disruption to our daily lives. Even though it's supposed to be a time filled with joy and more quality family time, it's also a stressor because it means less time at the office to get everything done, not to mention the added tasks that come with the holiday like hosting parties, buying gifts and attending events. When the natural routine of the day is thrown off, our mindset shifts and usually to a negative space. We worry about fitting it all in and forget to enjoy it. Plus, energy and excitement are high, and at times high energy can be exhausting and stress us out more.


One way to deal with anxiety during the holiday is to have a morning or evening routine you stick to no matter what and make sure it's a relaxing practice. This could be as simple as using a meditation app, writing in a gratitude journal or taking a bubble bath. Find something that lowers your stress levels, feels calm and cozy and reminds you to enjoy this time of the year.


Stay active. Getting to the gym might be tough during the already busy season, try to exercise regularly. It's a great way to manage anxiety and it will keep you feeling healthy and energized. If you can't get to the gym, talk a walk. The fresh air is a gift. If you take the bus or the train to work get off a few stops early and extend your walk or meet a friend for coffee and instead of sitting in the shop, take a walk through the park together as you chat.


Plan to do activities that relax you. Schedule a massage or sit by your fireplace at night with a good book. As you schedule yourself to attend events or parties, be mindful to schedule time for self-care. With family and friends in town, it's a great way to get in a visit and do something relaxing at the same time. You hold the responsibility for your self-care, so stay on top of it.


Pace yourself. Do one thing at a time and remember the purpose of the holiday season. If you can't attend every party, that is okay, don't feel bad about it. When someone invites you to something, pause before you say yes and respond with, "I will check my calendar and get back to you." Ensure you can go and enjoy yourself. If you don't have time to wrap all your gifts, have a service do it for you. There are little things that can provide so much help. Use the services around you and support small businesses in the process.


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