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Parties. Shopping. Family. Travel. The holidays can be demanding. There's no wonder it’s so easy to be stressed.

But the holidays are meant for relaxing and enjoying yourself. Don’t let stress get to you. Your health depends on it.

Plan ahead and know what you can handle

Here are some tips to keep stress at bay during the holidays:

  • Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect.
  • Plan ahead. Do your online ordering and shopping early.
  • Reach out. Talk with family or friends if you need support.
  • Set a budget. Know in advance how much you can afford to spend.
  • Learn to say no. Know your limits, and be firm about them.
  • Keep healthy habits. Eat healthy, get plenty of sleep and be active.
  • Make time for yourself. This can be as simple as taking a bath or reading a book.

If you must travel during COVID, be safe

Travel means spending time in crowds. It can greatly raise your chances of catching COVID-19. Your safest bet is to stay home. But if you must travel, then travel smart. Get the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 

General tips to lower holiday travel stress

Here are a few other tips to keep in mind if you travel over the holidays:

  • Arrive early.
  • Don’t travel on peak days.
  • Give yourself extra time so you don’t rush.
  • Reserve airport parking ahead of time.
  • Print boarding passes at home to avoid ticket counters.
  • Be patient. Remember that everyone is in the same situation.

Best holiday tip this year? Get your shots

Get both the flu shot and the COVID-19 shot in the same visit.


  • Mayo Clinic
  • AARP

The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.