Maintaining Emotional Balance and Minimizing Holiday Stress

 In Ocean Academy

By: Shetina Barnes, M.Ed, School Social Worker

Maintaining emotional balance can be difficult to do with the pressure of the holidays.  Financial and social/emotional stressors can easily derail us from finding the joy of the season.

Here are a few suggestions to stay focused and to minimize your holiday stress:

~Stay mindful that Christmas is not about the gifts under the tree, but rather about enjoying quality time with our loved ones…making memories

~Spend within your means. Gift giving doesn’t have to be extravagant. Homemade gifts are meaningful and budget friendly!

~ Make time to do something fun, or find some quiet time to relax.

~Physical activity is a great way to reduce stress. Go for a bike ride or brisk walk.

~Volunteer your time helping a neighbor or someone in need

~Use your support system to get through difficult moments, i.e. talking to a trusted friend, family member, or a mental health professional

Showing 15 comments
  • Tierney

    This is a great blog.This can be very helpful with holiday stress these are some great ideas.

  • Jack Nogueira

    Christmas is about giving not receiving.

  • Anthony Magro

    I like this drawing it is really nice. Going on a bike ride can get rid of stress.

  • Roberto Soriano

    I am ready to spend some time with family, so excited. Also, Mr.Hayden did a great job on the drawing!

  • bethanie

    Art is always stress relieving.

  • ciara

    The blog explained a lot about getting rid of stress, very helpful. Thank you.

  • Rachel Strickland

    I understand that family is more important than just getting presents under tree (although… presents do help add extra cheer to the season) I love spending time with my family on holidays because, this is really my first Christmas with my family!

  • Dylan Dagner

    Holiday stress can be difficult to deal with. Even when it isn’t affecting you it may be affecting your friends, family members, etc. So it’s nice to spend Christmas with these people and enjoy the time you have with them.

  • Sarah

    This is such a great post Ms. Barnes! Anyone can certainly learn how to manage holiday stress even just by reading this. From personal experience, getting ready for the holidays and the finances behind it is overwhelming. But as I get older, more and more I realize that the presents are not what the holiday season is all about: It’s who you spend it with and looking back at the year, seeing what has changed in your life and of course, moving forward! Happy holidays!!

  • james dobias

    I like to use some of these coping skills it can really help if you use them right. I think that everyone should try to use some of these coping skills.

  • Mrs. Heather

    Great ideas! The holidays can be stressful for me sometimes and staying active is always helpful!

  • Ms. Caffee

    Great advice Mrs. Barnes! It’s always good to be reminded that the holidays are about family and friends and to pay forward the many blessings we have received.

  • Lynn Newman

    Excellent advice. Happy Holidays to all!!

  • Carlos Gomez

    I think Mr. Hayden’s drawing was great. I also think that he put in a lot of effort.

  • idfred

    Good advice!

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