Not everyone feels celebratory at the holidays. Remember, it’s okay to take some time and space for yourself, or to ask for help.

Not everyone feels celebratory at the holidays. Remember, it’s okay to take some time and space for yourself, or to ask for help.

Are the Holidays too Much? Tips to Manage Stress this Holiday Season

Leaves are changing colors, pumpkin spice is in the air and little lights are going up, marking the beginning of the holiday season.

While this time of year is largely celebrated for joy, togetherness and thankfulness, not everyone is able to greet the season with the same sense of happiness. For many reasons, the holiday season can be difficult.

The holidays can invoke many difficult feelings due to pressures to feel a particular way, reminders of past holidays or lost loved ones, or even financial hardships. That’s why it’s important to remember self-care throughout this time. Below is a list to give you some ideas for how you can help manage stress this holiday season:

  1. Acknowledge how you’re feeling. It’s okay to feel however you do, and you don’t have to feel a certain way just because it’s the holiday season. If you’re not feeling celebratory, it’s okay to take some time and space for yourself to take care.
  2. Plan ahead. Planning for events, menus or shopping lists can help you avoid the stress of a last-minute trip and can grant you peace of mind to avoid forgetting items.
  3. Stick to a budget. Before you go shopping for the holidays, make sure to plan for what you can afford and stick to it. Doing this can help take the burden off financial stress and help you find what’s realistic for you. For those with low-income or without shelter, you can also call 2-1-1 to find holiday resources that may be of help.
  4. Take some time for yourself. It’s not selfish to take time for yourself and can be necessary to reduce stress and clear your mind. It’s much harder to complete tasks or take care of others, if your needs aren’t being met. Set realistic boundaries for what you can and cannot do, and be okay with saying “no” to things that don’t make you feel happy or comfortable.
  5. Ask for help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember it’s okay to ask for help.
  6. Reach out. If you are experiencing feelings of loneliness, isolation, depression, stress, or grief, reach out to someone you love and trust. If you would prefer to reach out anonymously, you can always call Crisis Connections’ phone lines:
  • 24/7/365 – 24-Hour Crisis Line: 1.866.789.1511
  • 24/7/365 – WA Recovery Help Line: 1.866.789.1511
  • 6 to 10 Every Evening – Teen Link: 1.866.TEENLINK
  • 5 to 9 Every Evening– WA Warm Line: 1.877.500.WARM
  • 8 to 4pm, M to F (closed for federal holidays) King County 2-1-1: 2-1-1

Remember, there are many reasons for why the holidays can be stressful and difficult for people. Your experience and your feelings are valid.

For more information, visit www.crisisconnections.org

More in Marketplace

A Day in the Life of an Environmental Intern

Ever wondered what happens during an internship at the Port of Seattle?… Continue reading

Ultimate Cruise Job: Lights, Camera, CRUISE

In the past eighteen months, Jesse Kipp’s job has taken him on… Continue reading

DISC Centers of America – Bellevue takes the lead in treating neck pain

New technique is so promising, chiropractor can’t wait for his Mom to try it

Bellevue chiropractor is one of USA’s leading practitioners helping those with sciatica

Technique is more effective than drugs, more successful than surgery

Bellevue chiropractor is one of USA’s leading practitioners helping those with sciatica

Technique is more effective than drugs, more successful than surgery

Security checkpoints 101

Security checkpoints at the airport look so simple, but can be very… Continue reading

Discover in-home care with a human touch

Western Washington care provider creates a caring, responsive team with you at the centre

Arrive at the airport early!

Many travelers have heard the standard refrain for busy travel periods –… Continue reading

Think P.I.N.K to frame your trees into a beautiful, functional landscape

How pink is your treescape? “‘Treescaping’ is how we describe the work… Continue reading

Cruise Industry Buoys the Statewide Economy

Every spring and summer, travelers from around the country and across the… Continue reading

Get ACTIVE, stay HEALTHY, have FUN with Issaquah Sports Medicine Combine

Free July 13 event welcomes the community to Lake Sammamish State Park

Apps for When You’re Hungry and in a Hurry

There’s nothing worse than being hungry and pressed for time at the… Continue reading