Top 5 Holiday Stresses and How to Conquer Them

Top 5 Holiday Stresses and How to Conquer Them

It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year… and potentially one of the most stressful. Family gatherings, travel, holiday parties, gift shopping, the list goes on and on! We've put together a list of the top 5 holiday stresses, and advice to help ensure that your holidays are the most enjoyable that they can be:

1. You
Give yourself a break this season and think of different ways to delegate holiday tasks, like shopping, cooking, wrapping, shipping, and decorating. With all these responsibilities and more, it's easy to drive yourself crazy.

Suggest a potluck if you’re hosting a holiday dinner. Invite each guest to bring a libation of their choice to your New Year’s party. Have the kids and grandkids set the table and decorate the tree. Think of ways that you can maximize your time to manage, rather than do everything yourself to avoid anxiety and stress.

2. Family
The holidays are all about family time, so don't forget that the best memories are made with someone else. Be sure to soak in the quality time spent with family and friends. When you’re with them, try turning off your phone to give yourself a break from the never-ending holiday errands.

3. Travel
If you're traveling by car, run through a roadtrip checklist to ensure your vehicle is in good running order for the trip by checking essentials like tires, battery, fluid levels and windshield wipers, says AAA spokesperson Jerry Cheske. Check weather conditions before taking off for road closings or weather advisories.

Airports are the last place you want to spend your holidays, but inevitably there are delays and cancellations. Be prepared and arrive 2 hours early for domestic flights, and 3 hours for international flights to give yourself time in case of any hiccups. Also, taking an Uber or taxi to/from the airport can help to avoid steep parking fees and other hassles.

4. Routine
Don’t give up your daily routine during the holidays. We know it's tough to balance all of the season's commitments, but the greatest gift you can give yourself is to make time for your daily walk or morning paper. So if you like to read first thing in the morning, don't give it up. Our everyday routines help to ground us.

5. Budget

Set realistic budgets for gifts, travel, and entertaining to minimize over-spending and stress. Agreeing to meet someone one for dinner or a movie can be a great way to spend quality time with a loved one, without both sides spending lavishly on material items.

From the entire team at eRetirements, we hope you have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!