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5 ways to manage festive stress

By Joe Young | Medically reviewed by Lauren Sien

From financial pressures to dealing with your weird uncle, the festive season can be as challenging as it is cheerful. 

Let’s look at 5 ways to keep Christmas as a time of joy.

1. Go easy on yourself

It's fine not to feel festive all the time. The holiday season can be stressful or even sad, triggered by memories of lost loved ones or the pressure to keep everyone happy. Don’t pressure yourself to get into the Christmas spirit and make sure you enjoy it on your terms.

2. Lean on support when the going gets tough

Whether it's the strain of leaving Christmas presents to the last minute or something much more serious, you don’t have to face it alone. If you’re struggling, open up to a friend or family member that you trust. 

3. Create new traditions

Change is good. Old traditions might not align with your current lifestyle and could trigger negative emotions. If traditional Christmas celebrations bring stress, create new ones. Celebrate in new places. Eat different food. See friends you wouldn’t normally see. 

4. Take a moment for yourself

Amongst the Christmas chaos, take a moment for yourself. Play video games, watch TV, go for a walk - whatever makes you tick. Having a break during busy schedules and social gatherings can give you the energy to enjoy them, rather than dread them. 

5. Seek professional guidance

When the stress of the season feels too heavy - be it from travel chaos, family dynamics, or seasonal affective disorder - seeking professional help is a positive next step. Don’t be afraid to take it.

The numan take

This Christmas, take control of your health. Recognise stress. Seek support. Change old habits. Christmas is a time of joy, and that has to start in your own head.