This holiday season, don’t let stress get the best of you. In a recent survey, more than one-third of 18-34 year-olds are getting stressed about the holidays earlier than in previous years. These statistics are based on new findings from a recent survey of 1,000 Americans 18-55+ years old. Other results from the survey include:

  • Nearly 50% (45.5%) of Americans say that holiday shoppers cause the most stress during the holidays
  • 27% of Americans with children begin to feel stressed about the holiday season by the beginning of November
  • If they could remove one thing from the holidays, more than 30 percent (31.7%) would eliminate Black Friday, nearly 20 percent (17.2%) of those with kids would remove the Elf on a Shelf tradition while nearly 15 percent (14.6% ) of Americans would remove Starbucks holiday cups from the holiday season

Worry less with a long weekend
Gone are the lazy hazy days of summer vacation. But that doesn’t mean there’s no time for relaxation. Take a long weekend for some quality you-time and enjoy your favorite fall activities. Whether it’s a staycation at home or a long family-filled weekend, focus on having some seasonal fun this month.

Focus on emotional wellness
Your emotional health is just as important as your physical health. Take a moment to monitor your level of stress and find ways to alleviate it. The upcoming holiday season can add a lot of stress to our regular lives. Keeping calm and centered before it begins can help arm you against this.

A little peace & quiet goes a long way
Before the sprint from Thanksgiving through New Year’s approaches, make room to enjoy a little time to yourself. It’s better to prevent or to deflect stress than deal with it. For example, if you’re working full-time and taking care of your family after-hours, there are simple solves. You can plan meals ahead of time. Or delegate tasks to others to give yourself 10 guilt-free minutes of time-out to relax. This can help you recharge before the big push of the holiday season.