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Holiday Stress Resource Center

What you can do to avoid or minimize holiday stress inducers.

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American Psychological Association. (2021, November 12). Holiday stress resource center.

woman looking stressed sitting in front of a Christmas tree

We all feel stressed from time to time, but the holidays offer their own special stressors that can make us feel even worse—such as a family get-together that devolves into a fight over politics or a shopping trip for gifts that maxes out your credit card. Stress can be unhealthy. So, what can you do to avoid or minimize some of these holiday stress inducers?

Gift giving

Pressure of gift-giving

Dealing with the pressure of gift-giving

Excessive spending in pursuit of the “perfect” holiday can be a source of stress.

De-emphasis gifts

Gift giving doesn’t have to be the focus of the season

Why the holidays are more than gifts and how to keep gift-related stress off the holiday to-do list.


Dealing with financial stress

Dealing with financial stress

Thinking about money or your finances during the holidays, with gift buying, entertaining and travel, can be stressful.

Man in Christmas sweater looking at a bill

Navigating the holidays with COVID-19 affected finances

Many people may be starting to question how they’ll afford this holiday season.

Family and friends

Tips for parents on managing holiday stress

Tips for parents on managing holiday stress

The holiday season can bring an increased sense of family responsibility and, along with it, additional feelings of stress.

Making the most of the holiday season

Making the most of the holiday season

There are a number of helpful steps you can take to lessen holiday stress and feel more optimistic about the season.

Managing expectations

Managing expectations

Many people have a vision of the perfect holiday, but when reality fails to live up to the dream, stress can result.

Managing conversations when you disagree politically

Managing sensitive conversations

Helpful tips to guide conversations about politics and other sensitive topics in a more positive direction.


Fighting fair

When and how to engage in family arguments during the holidays

Grief and sadness

Grieving during the holidays

Find ways to cope with grief and honor loved ones this holiday season.

How to help grieving loved ones

Experts offer guidance for supporting grieving family and friends.