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Reducing Holiday Stress – Saying No

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Holiday stress can mount at this time of year for many people. Demands on your time, finances, and energy can be all consuming and lead to higher anxiety and possible consequences including:

  • An unhappy holiday experience leaving you wishing it would just end now.
  • A month long hit on your blood pressure causing it to remain elevated with all the implications that can cause.
  • A slip or even a crash with your healthy eating leading to over-indulgence in holiday sweets, treats, and high fat food and drinks.

Be prepared in advance this year. Be conscious of what lifts your holiday spirit and what leaves you feeling anxious and stressed. This post gives the first of 4 tips to lower your holiday stress so you can embrace and enjoy all the holiday season has to offer.

Tip #1: Say No to Parties That You Don’t Want to Attend

Some time around mid November you begin to notice that your weekends are filling up and weeknights are starting to be in demand too. With what you ask? Holiday parties, of course. There is your office party, your spouses office party, the party for your kids day home, several friends hosting holiday get-togethers, and of course many family functions including the day of the big holiday meal and any other festivities that may come along.

Wow! I’m getting stressed and tired just thinking about it.

Now you may love filling your social calendar. If so, go for it and have a blast. But if you cringe at each invite as it fills your schedule and wish you could just relax a bit at home in front of the fireplace in place of some or many of those events then you gotta start to say NO!

If you are worrying about keeping your work demands moving forward too during the holiday season then you’ve got to start saying no. Work-life balance, especially around the holiday season means keeping control over your calendar and making some clear conscious choices about your use of your time.

Look at each event. STOP and check in with what thinking about that event churns up inside. If it’s positive and you are actually looking forward to it then say YES. If it does but you might need some support, such as a baby sitter, then defer your yes while you check into support. You can still say no if necessary.

If, however, the thought of that event causes a panic attack because you don’t want to be around certain people or a rush of anger because of a sense of obligation or expectation then say NO. Politely, of course but decline the invitation. You can have a reason ready if you like but be authentic and truthful.

Say no and you’ll instantly feel relief and you will enjoy those events you do go to that much more!

Click on the links below for the remaining tips for reducing holiday stress!

Reducing Holiday Stress Part 1 – Saying No

Reducing Holiday Stress Part 2 – Out Of Control Gift Giving

Reducing Holiday Stress Part 3 – Unwanted House Guests

reducing Holiday Stress Part 4 – The Big Holiday Meal

Enjoy all the holiday season has to offer!

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Brent Haydey is an experienced life and business coach in Edmonton, renowned for his calming, empathetic, and results-driven approach. With over 30 years of experience, he specializes in helping individuals and entrepreneurs find balance and success, blending teaching, mentoring, and coaching for impactful life changes.

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