Holiday Stress Scale

Holiday Stress Scale

You all know how much I love using scales to check in with myself. Well, now I’m back with the Holiday Stress Scale. It is so important to keep an eye on your stress levels during the holidays (and the rest of the year).

So where are you at on the Scale?

  1. No Stress/Minimal Stress: Feeling mostly happy and excited about the holidays. Full of holiday cheer, relaxed, and positive.
  2. Mild Stress: Holiday-related stress is subtle. Mild tension in the shoulders. Worrying over your mental checklist.
  3. Moderate Stress: Feeling the stress. Physical tension is more evident. Maybe headaches and having trouble sleeping. Feeling overwhelmed for large periods of time.
  4. Severe Stress: High levels of stress. Physical symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, muscle cramps. headaches, and trouble sleeping. Emotional ups and downs and crankiness.
  5. Extreme Stress: Constant stress and overwhelm. Possible emotional meltdowns or panic attacks. Hard to function. Intense physical symptoms. Feeling frozen. Time to reach out for help/support.

Holiday Stress Scale Self-Care

  1. None or Minimal:
    Congratulations on maintaining a stress-free zone! Keep doing what you’re doing and make some time for a cozy evening relaxing.
  2. Mild Stress:
    Prioritize self-care that helps you relax as much as possible. Dedicate some “me-time” soon and remember that you’re not superhuman.
  3. Moderate Stress:
    Start trying to manage your stress. Make a list of 5 things that help you relax and try to do as many as you can each day. Take short breaks through out the day and remember that you deserve to rest (even when there’s things to do).
  4. Severe Stress:
    It’s really time to take a step back and focus on yourself. Remember that you are allowed to say no and that there’s nothing wrong with delegation and you don’t have to do (or be) it all. Reach out to friends or family for support.
  5. Extreme Stress:
    You’re close to or at the point of burnout. Please prioritize yourself along with rest and recovery. Reach out to friends, family, or professional support if needed. You matter and your needs matter. Engage in activities that bring joy, even if in small doses, and practice self-compassion.