4 Tips To Manage Holiday Stress

Real Estate Agent with Innovative Realty Solutions Group BK3158345

The year is quickly coming to a close.  Are you stressing over remaining holiday tasks?  

Tips to manage your holiday stress:

  1. We tend to over dramatize undone tasks.  Take a deep breath and tackle the most important tasks first.  Fill in with the rest when you can.  Stay positive.  Tell yourself it will all get done and the world won't end if it doesn't.
  2. Manage the expectations.  It's okay to say "NO" sometimes.  "NO!" is a complete sentence.  Don't overload your schedule.  If it's already maxed out, delegate or move things to another day or week.
  3. Make time for family, friends and fun.  Laugher lowers your stress level.  Add fun activities to your calendar. Add a few things that you'd like to do just for you. An hour with your head buried in a good book, mindless TV or a nap can do you a world of good.  Bake some cookies.  I don't know anyone who doesn't feel good after baking some terrific holiday cookies.
  4. Get in some exercise, eat healthy, stay hydrated.  They are all good for the body and soul.  Help someone in need.  Remember, you are not the only one stressed.  You never know what others are going through.  Be kind.

Here was one of my stress reducers.

These cookies were a holiday family baking project.  My late husband and mom, my granddaughter and I baked these Thumbprints a few years ago.  If you've ever baked Thumbprints, you know it's a process.  We formed a team.  Two of us rolled the dough, someone dipped them in egg whites, someone else rolled them in nuts and put them on the cookie sheet.  After 5 minutes of baking, they come out of the oven and you press your thumb into the cookie, then finish baking. When cooled, you top with family favorite jelly. 

Besides fabulous cookies, we have fond memories of all the laughter we shared while baking.  

I wish you all a stressful end of the year and a fabulous 2022!




Comments (13)

Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing those tips Dee! Merry Christmas to you and your family from mine in Ohio!

Make time for family, friends and fun.  Laugher lowers your stress level.  Add fun activities to your calendar. Add a few things that you'd like to do just for you. An hour with your head buried in a good book, mindless TV or a nap can do you a world of good.  Bake some cookies. 


Dec 19, 2021 04:14 AM
Dee Toohey

Exactly.  We in real estate don't always take time for ourselves.  

Merry Christmas!!

Dec 19, 2021 01:34 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Yum, Great information.  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend!

Dec 19, 2021 04:15 AM
Dee Toohey

Thanks, Bill!  I have golf cart drive in movie night at my house.  We're watching a Christmas comedy tonight.  It's always a fun time that's full of laughter.

Dec 19, 2021 01:35 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dee. You have provided great tips to navigate the next few weeks. How does one eat healthy at this time of the year. Never! Exercise more and try to only sample not consume large quantities of the goodies. Enjoy your day.

Dec 19, 2021 05:07 AM
Dee Toohey

Good point, Wayne, we can limit cookies to a few a day, take healthy snacks to parties and eat those, and limit alcohol.  Exercise more is a good plan.  Sticking to that is a bit more challenging.  

Dec 19, 2021 01:37 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dee and thanks for the great information you are sharing with us here in the Rain.  Make it a great day!

Dec 19, 2021 08:54 AM
Dee Toohey

Thanks, Will.  Thanks for all your positivity on AR too!

Dec 19, 2021 01:37 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Great tips for sure, Dee. Something that many of us should remember

Dec 19, 2021 03:35 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dee- it's so easy to try to do stuff everything you can into the holiday season and then feel disappointed or stressed when we can't. I've never made the thumbprint cookies but they look yummy. 

Dec 19, 2021 06:40 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Dec 25, 2021 06:43 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Dee - thank you for sharing these project.  I am sure that a team effort is fun.  I am relaxing today after much activity.

Dec 26, 2021 05:54 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I am fine with 3 of 4 but this time of year for exercise gets to be difficult is it needs to be done indoors. 

Dec 26, 2021 06:49 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Dee - even in so-called normal times, taking a breather can be useful and especially during the holidays.  And laughter (plus connections and all kinds of memories) become a part of "the event".  A good post and a timely reminder.  

Dec 26, 2021 07:25 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I was going to bake cookies and bring them to the neighbors and I just didn't get time to do it. I did not stress at all! But years ago I would have.

These are good ideas to relieve stress, all year long!

Dec 27, 2021 04:55 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dee:

I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Thanks for some great advice and tips!

Those cookies look wonderful - I remember making them many years ago.


Dec 27, 2021 11:50 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

What a wonderful tradition.  So sorry to hear about your husband.  Holidays can be difficult ;(   Best wishes for a healthy, happy  2022!

Dec 28, 2021 06:32 PM