Tips for managing holiday stress

The holiday season is a time of reflection and celebration, but for some the additional parties, gift buying, and family commitments can make the holidays a stressful time of year.

To help avoid holiday burnout and fatigue, here are a few tips to make sure you are feeling your best and staying healthy this holiday season.

  • Take care of yourself. Even with the additional holiday activities, try to stick with your regular diet and exercise routine. Keeping active during the holidays will help prevent the occasional indulgence or late night from having a negative impact on your wellbeing. is a great resource for additional information about maintaining a healthy mind, body and life. A reminder that the PAC is open throughout the holidays. Find out the hours of operation and programs available at  

  • Have a financial plan. Holiday spending can get out of control quickly when you don’t have a budget. Take the time leading into the holiday season to account for the extra expenses that might pop up. If you have overextended yourself during the holidays, USask is hosting a number of financial wellness workshops throughout the month of January to help you get back on track.

  • Watch for scams. Deals too good to be true, sometimes are. Unfortunately, scammers use the holidays as a time to target individuals with fraudulent online attacks. Be on the lookout for scams and follow these cybersecurity tips for holiday shopping. 

  • Avoid Injury. Rushing from place to place can be part of getting everything on your list completed. When out and about, be sure to watch your step on icy sidewalks and avoid carrying heavy or unbalanced loads. A slip and fall or pulled muscle can put a real damper on your holiday spirit.

  • Take time for yourself. This might be the most difficult thing to do when you faced with endless lists and commitments, but don’t let the season pass without doing the things that bring you the greatest happiness. Read a book, watch your favourite holiday movie or spend time with loved ones this holiday season.

If you are feeling overwhelmed this holiday season, USask’s confidential Employee and Family Assistance Program is available for free 24/7.

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