Business Mentor: Coping with the stress of the Christmas Season

Armando Bartolome

Posted at Dec 21 2019 12:34 PM

The holidays can be stressful. Whether you are an entrepreneur, employee or a stay at home mom, I am sure that each one of you undergoes some level of anxiety during the Christmas season.

Christmas can be stressful –you have to set a budget for expenses, shop for gifts while the traffic gets worse. It is all exhausting, but it is part of celebrating the season.

Some, however, feel overwhelmed and literally fall ill because of the financial concerns and chores.

Here are tips on how to minimize stress during the holidays.


Just seeing the streets choked with traffic as early as 7 a.m. can be tiring. Yes, we are burdened with very bad traffic, but we can do something about it. If your meeting is at 10 a.m., be prepared as early as 6:00 so you can leave your home before 7:00 am. Also, look for alternative routes to avoid the usual battle neck you come across often.

Christmas parties

Simply choosing which party to attend can already be stressful. There may be so many invitations coming your way. While Christmas may be the season of merriment, it is wise to choose your activities well. You cannot always say yes to each invitation. You should be practical and attend only the events where your presence is really important. Choose the ones that truly matter most to you.


You may also be tempted to eat everything on the table since, for sure, everything is delicious. It is stressful enough to stay away from all of those sweets, but indulging in every high-cholesterol, high-fat food may cause medical issues. Don’t let yourself fall into that hole. You can gain about 5-10 lbs just during the Christmas season, and it could take months to lose that weight. So control yourself and never over-indulge.

Sending Christmas greetings

If you love sending Christmas notes to friends and families, sending them e-cards can save you a lot of time. Christmas cards sent via snail mail around this time will arrive weeks after Christmas.

Buying gifts

Malls can get very crowded during December. Don’t force yourself to squeeze into crowded malls in December. You always have the option to shop online.

If you can’t avoid shopping at the mall, at least make sure you have made a list of what you are buying so you won’t need to come back because you forgot to get one or two things.

Wrapping gifts

We love wrapping gifts for our friends and loved ones. While doing it yourself may mean putting your heart into every gift that you wrap, it is not a crime to seek help from your spouse or children to help you with wrapping the presents. You can actually cut out the ribbon ahead of time so that you can decorate your gift boxes and add that special touch.


Make your time at home a memorable one with your family. We should celebrate Christmas no matter how simple it may be.

Stress can impact our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and it can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity if left unchecked. Therefore, we should always make sure that we are eating right and living a healthy lifestyle.

Christmas should be a joyous occasion for everyone. You should not push too hard to the point of making yourself tired or sick. Balance your time with your family and work so that you may enjoy the holidays.


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