How to Defeat Holiday Stress, Based on Your Zodiac Sign
The holidays are exciting and busy times for most people, but even the happiest of times can come with stress.
We all know the feeling. Will something go wrong during dinner? Did I buy presents for everyone on my list? Did I buy the right decorations? Did I even remember to buy decorations at all?
The list of questions, and the worries, seem truly endless during this time of year. It’s important to engage in a little bit of self-care so that you can tackle these stressors with confidence and ease!
Here’s exactly how to tackle your holiday stress, based on your zodiac sign.
How to Defeat Holiday Stress, Based on Your Zodiac Sign
A certain amount of stress can be good for you, because it keeps you on your toes, Aries.
Aries is ruled by Mars, and like the keywords of your planet, you’re full of action and energy most of the time, even if it is just mental stimulation or emotional energy. What some people find relaxing, you probably find boring.
You can beat the holiday stress by keeping busy, and by staying organized. Make plans so that you don’t have to spend idle time, and always have something in reserve should your original plans fall through. Make sure you are creating lists and schedules so that you have something to reference when you feel like you are falling off track.
Mind your temper, though. When you’re stressed it can get the better of you. As you enjoy being busy, find an enjoyable activity to pursue when things start to get too overwhelming.
As a Taurus you’re a hard worker. In fact, you are often a bit of a paradox, because although you’ve got a great work ethic, you can be prone to laziness, too.
The problem is, when you get stressed, you start to get critical. You’re ruled by Venus, (with its refined tastes and love of harmony), and when that harmony is threatened, you can uncharacteristically lash out.
As an Earth sign, you may find that venturing outside can help you to relax. Take a walk, or indulge in something like a delicious gingerbread cookie. You’ll get far more out of the holidays when you find ways to be at ease with yourself.
You tend to live your life on the edge, and for you, Gemini, anxiety is often a way of life. Even when you’re relaxing, your mind is usually racing, making it hard for you to completely unwind.
You’re great at multi-tasking, but when you do reach your limits, you may say things that you don’t mean. Your tongue can be very sharp when you feel pressured because you’re ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication and intellect.
It is important that you communicate your own needs to your loved ones when you start to feel the holiday stress hit—and remember, not all communication is verbal. Don’t wait for someone to notice that you are feeling “off.” You will feel a million times better by simply letting out your worries.
You may also find that making time for an intellectual pursuit, such as reading or a game that uses your gray matter, may help you keep your stress levels under control.
Ruled by the Moon, you’re likely to wear your heart on your sleeve, because the Moon is associated with your emotions. You love nothing more than to see that everyone else’s needs are met, often to the detriment of your own interests, Cancer.
As a natural caregiver, you can handle a lot, but you do have your breaking point. Make sure that you don’t reach it by taking care of yourself. If you are not the best “you” that you can be, then you can’t be the best to others, either.
The main thing you can do to help keep holiday stress at bay is to recognize that you’re naturally emotional, and work on ways to stay in control of situations that are adversely affecting you. Above all, don’t let others impose on you. The word “no” is in your vocabulary, and you’re allowed to use it.
You’re generally optimistic and gregarious, and you never want to let anyone down, or make them feel unhappy. Your ruling planet is, in fact, the Sun!
The issue for you, dear Leo, is that you are a great actor, and you will be the life and soul of the party even though you are struggling inside. That doesn’t bode well for keeping your stress levels in check.
There are going to be times when you need to let down that masquerade, and be who you truly are. When that point comes, try to find a way to pamper yourself a bit. A massage, a trip to the hair stylist, or a night out watching stand-up comedy can help you unwind and find your joy again.
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Much like Gemini, you’re going to be “on the go” in some way during most of your day. This is because you are both ruled by Mercury, Virgo.
While you have an active mind, you are an Earth sign, so that “nervous” energy may manifest in a very different way for you. You may comfort eat when you’re stressed, and that can add more stress, both to your body and your mood.
One of the things you can do to try to relax under pressure is to learn to delegate. You don’t have to control every little detail of every situation—even though you’d like to! The world won’t fall apart if you ask Aunt Sally to cook the turkey this year so you have some extra time to do other things on your holiday list.
Make time for yourself, and indulge yourself in whatever your mind appreciates as a means of staying on top of the holiday season.
Indecision is likely to be your main nemesis when it comes to keeping your cool over the festivities, Libra.
If anything is going to stress you out more than not being able to make up your mind, it will be people trying to make up your mind for you. When it comes to this holiday season, stand your ground and don’t let others boss you around. Like Taurus, you are ruled by Venus, and you like to keep the peace. Just make sure that in doing so, you’re not sacrificing your own happiness.
One of your skills is that of a mediator. Don’t hesitate to bring that into situations where friction may start to develop. Speaking your mind (like saying no to that fifth holiday party you were invited to) is one of the ways where you can feel both productive and resolved during the hustle and bustle of this season.
Your feelings naturally run high, and you are passionate in every sense of the word, Scorpio.
When you start to feel overwhelmed, that passion can become heated, and angry. It’s one thing to take make sure that everyone has a good time, but it’s another thing to let this rule your life and your moods. The best way that you can stay centered is not to overstretch or over-commit yourself.
Take on a few tasks that you really want to do, and throw yourself into them wholeheartedly. Like your ruling planet, Pluto, yours is the realm of depth and profundity. When you stay in your depth, you can do great things. Should you find that you have overstretched yourself, then a quick change of scene should help you to recharge your batteries.
If anything is going to stress you out, it is a threat to your personal freedom, Sagittarius.
You hate feeling restricted or confined in any way. Like your ruling planet Jupiter, you are expansive and expressive, and you start to bristle when you’re not allowed to be who you are. Compromise is going to be to your advantage when it comes to surviving the holidays.
You cannot always have your way, nor all of the attention, so resign yourself to this and don’t pout. Should you start to feel penned in—either by too many people or too many events—get away from it all and enjoy your own company.
As much as you like your freedom, you may find somewhere lofty or expansive where you can relax and put things back into perspective would serve you well.
No one can play a better Scrooge than a Capricorn, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing! Someone has to put things into perspective, like telling others to eat their vegetables or to wear their winter coats, and it may as well be you.
Ruled by Saturn, you’re naturally disciplined, and cautious, but that doesn’t mean that you have to let that control your holiday. Abrupt changes of plans are likely to be the things that stress you the most, but try to go with the flow.
When you can find adaptability, and not take things so seriously, then you stand a better chance of enjoying yourself—and we know that Capricorns do have a wicked sense of humor once they feel secure enough to let it show. Try to loosen your grip on things so that you can take everything in your stride.
You often come off as cold and aloof, but it’s because you are trying to hide how very restless you are, Aquarius.
Ruled by Uranus, you’ve gotten used to changing your mind and your interests frequently. As an Air sign, you live very much in your thoughts, and it can be hard for you to switch them off. To keep your cool, you need to learn how to quiet your mind, and to do that, you may have to downsize and prioritize a bit.
Only commit yourself to things that are important, and plan ahead so that you have time to do what calms you, rather than what everyone wants you to do this holiday season. You might find a meditative activity, such as yoga or Tai Chi, beneficial for your relaxation.
You feel things very deeply, and frequently take things to heart, Pisces. It would be too easy for you to play the martyr when things go wrong, and you need to guard against this if you want to enjoy yourself.
Neptune is your ruling planet; yours is the realm of dreams, illusions, wishes, and fantasies. You repeatedly imagine things as worse than they are.
For you to cope with everything, make sure that you have some time for escapism with a book, a movie, or some other means of “getting away from it all.”
Have Fun this Holiday Season
There’s a way of coping for everyone. Once you know where your trigger factors are, it is easier to learn how to deal with them, and feel more relaxed during this busy time. Make sure that you are putting energy into taking care of yourself.
Happy holidays to you all! What is your favorite way to unwind from the holiday frazzle?
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*Editors’ Note: This article was originally published in 2014, and has since been updated for better accuracy.