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8 steps to conquer your holiday stress

It’s the most wonderful time of year, yet sometimes it can be a struggle to keep a smile on your face. The stress of the holidays can have a negative impact on your mental health and it’s totally understandable (we've all been there!). Follow a few of these easy tips to survive the holidays with your crazy fam.

Figure out what’s bothering you.
Is it the fact that you're busy? Are you getting no alone time? Or are you sick of getting pestered with questions? Whatever it is, find the root of your stress so you can figure out the best way to deal with it.

Talk to someone.
There’s nothing wrong with slipping away to your room with a cousin, your mom or a phone call to your BFF to vent about your feelings. If there is someone around you who is causing the stress, maybe pull them aside and tell them that you don’t like when they say this or do that (in a nice way, obvs).

Find some alone time.
Take a long shower, drink a cup of tea, read a book or listen to your fave jam to release some stress. You could also throw on a jacket and scarf to get some fresh air and a nice walk. This is also a great way to get some extra vitamin D.

Try a pressure point.
Say you’re stuck at a family dinner or you’re in the middle of opening presents and you can’t leave. Well, there’s a space on your hand where you can subtly add pressure to relieve stress. Place pressure on the tender spot between your thumb and pointer finger while taking some deep breaths for instant relief.

Stop checking your phone.
Technology is where a lot of stress can stem from. So instead of using it to block people out or get sucked into comparing your holiday to that girl on Insta's, find another activity that doesn’t include technology like writing, reading or even coloring.

Find a calming scent.
Aromatherapy can be super helpful for the overstressed. An easy way to accomplish this is to switch up your usual body lotion or perfume for something with peppermint or eucalyptus. This way the scent can linger all day for whatever event will be stressing you out throughout the day.

Stick to a normal routine.
Keeping up your regular sleeping and eating schedule can do wonders on your stress levels. Your body can go into freak out mode when it’s not getting the right amount of sleep and not being given food when it needs it. Whenever it's possible, make sure you're getting to bed on time and waking up when you normally do, and if you're hungy, make sure you eat something of substance.

Change your phone background.
Even if you're trying to cut out technology, you probably still have to use it occasionally. Go on Pinterest and find your fave cheesy or positive quote to keep you in check. If you’re going to be looking at your phone, you might as well be getting a positive message while you’re at it.

What about the holidays stresses you most and how do you conquer it? Tell us in the comments below!

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by Bella Torres | 12/1/2017
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