The Astrology Signs that Need to Take a Deep Breath this Holiday Season
The holidays are meant to be a time of festivities, gathering with friends and relaxing, but for some zodiac signs, relaxing comes harder. We want to help you become more aware of your own sign’s tendencies so you can nip stress in the bud if you tend to get anxious or over-plan.
The holidays can be a time that helps us remember how to enjoy ourselves. Parties, good food, giving gifts to show love, and taking vacations are all things that revive us - but not if we are obsessed with looking perfect, having the perfect gifts, or hitting every single event we are invited to. If you are someone who has trouble saying no or listening to your body, that’s where we come in. Believe it or not, astrology can reveal a lot about why we approach the holidays the way we do so we can learn to balance our helpful and unhelpful instincts and learn to enjoy the holidays.
The Holidays are Stressful for Everyone, but Some Signs Especially Need to Safeguard Their Me-Time
Fire signs who love to throw parties and go out to social events to make friends are especially at risk for burnout or a weakened immune system; they are so fueled by their passions and having fun that they don’t realize when they’re running on empty. Air signs are the most social and talkative people of the zodiac, and they can forget to focus on the basics like getting enough sleep, managing their budget, and taking time to relax and stay balanced. Those hardworking Earth signs are prone to overwork or trying to take care of everyone else on the holidays. As for Water signs, the holidays are often a particularly emotional time. As the empaths of the zodiac, it’s easy for Water signs to become overwhelmed by a mixture of feelings of their own and from those around them.
Anyone of any sign can suffer from increased stress during the holidays, but the following 7 zodiac signs are particularly prone to severe holiday stress.
7 Signs That Need to Relax This Holiday Season
1. Career-Oriented Capricorn
- Capricorns are Hard Workers
Capricorns have a tough time not being over-stimulated during this time, because the Sun moves into Capricorn right before Christmas. Capricorns are known as the hardest working sign in the zodiac, which means that they push themselves to work long hours and take on huge projects regardless, of how much stress it might mean for them. If they don’t take time to wind down, they can get sick. They also need the love and affection of humans to maintain balance and remind themselves what they work so hard for. Take a vacation, Capricorn! It will fuel you for the year to come.
- Career Success is Very Important to Them
Capricorns are driven to succeed and be the best. You’ll find the way they think is all about stability and growth. They tend to have long-term plans that take up all of their focus, time and interest. If they don’t see how it adds to their goals, they tend to think it’s childish or not take time for it but this can mean they miss out on experiences that can allow them to live through their senses and even find ways to improve their emotional state that will lead to more success!
- Capricorns Tend to Be Serious
When it’s time for holidays about myths and traditions, a Capricorn may be the first person called a Scrooge. They tend to be practical and grounded. However, it’s important for Capricorns to develop their imaginations and let their emotions live. Loosen up, Cap, you won’t regret it.
2. Very Focused Virgo
- Perfectionism is in Their Blood
Virgo is one sign that tries to make everything perfect. They want their clothes ironed, their Christmas lights hung and on a timer, and their house clean and spotless for company. But where does the preparation end? It’s important for Virgos to stop cleaning, stop fussing, and let themselves enjoy the scenery instead of feeling like they need to do everything. Go to someone else’s party, don’t worry about cleaning up, and don’t spend too much time thinking about what to bring or wear.
- They Tend to Over Plan
Virgos are so detail-oriented that the holidays often stress them out because they try to control things a little too much by having every moment of every day planned out. It’s important for a Virgo to remember that being spontaneous and in the moment is healthy, fun and it’s how a lot of the other signs operate.
- Don’t Be a People Pleaser
Virgo’s also need to make sure they don’t get too caught up in other people’s problems because they can have helper syndrome. If you see a Virgo running around, tell them to stop and watch a Christmas movie, take a bubble bath with a peppermint tea or have a hot chocolate and cookie without doing anything else. Let them have permission to turn their brain off.
3. Insatiable Scorpio
- Intensely Focused
A Scorpio is a person of extremes. If they do something, they put all of their focus and energy into it. You’d rarely see them walk away from a Christmas shopping trip with one small gift. They want to push everything to the limits and are prone to get so lost in the joy of the Christmas spirit that they forget about their responsibilities. You’ll see them dive into holiday parties, spending time with people who usually are unavailable or even finding themselves obsessing over the perfect gift. Their addictive personality needs to be kept in check so they can maintain balance when other people are throwing caution to the wind.
- They Get Attached to People Easily
A Scorpio will rarely just show up to a party for a short time. They will get into deep conversations and a party can last well into the night. They don’t know how to just be acquaintances with people and want to get to know everyone well because that’s how they feel safe with people. That can take a long time especially if there are 100 people at the event. Taking time to stop thinking and just relax with a good movie or nap will help.
- They Have No Regulator for Indulging
When it comes to sweets, they don’t stop at one. Make sure if you’re a Scorpio you keep to a healthy diet during the holidays. Scorpios are a water sign and love to explore emotions. They live through their emotions and understand the world through feelings. They are drawn to places and experiences that evoke feelings which can mean they never stop during the festivities that are full of heartwarming games, people and performances. It’s important to remember to do everything in moderation.
4. Tireless Taurus
- Bulls are Not Satisfied Until They Get What They Want
When a Taurus decide to do something, nothing will stop them, even if it takes years. Taureans go after their goals relentlessly, which can mean if they have set unrealistic expectations, they could run themselves dry. When it comes to gathering with the family, they want things to be a specific way and can drive other people up the wall trying to make it that way. Make sure you realize that you don’t have to be in control dear Taurus.
- Taureans Live Through Their Senses
Taureans love to decorate and what a great opportunity to do so but just don’t go overboard trying to make things festive to the point where you are falling off the roof trying to get a Santa figurine perched on the chimney. Sometimes a Taurus wants everything to look so good that they will obsess over what they look like and find they spend too much money on their hair, nails, clothes, and makeup. Remember your energy and heart is the most attractive and romantic thing about you!
- They Care for Everyone
They can worry themselves sick taking care of people and not remember to stop and separate from others. It’s important to take time away from people and not feel like you need to be there to soothe everyone all the time. Don’t answer every call. Don’t show up to every holiday event or leave early if you want to.
5. Active Aries
- They Tend to Take On Too Much
An Aries thrives on stress in certain ways. They put pressure on themselves and soak up the adrenaline of getting people to work together to figure out how to get things done quickly. They love to plan parties, do things at the last minute and follow their ideas no matter how wild. This means that they can quickly eat up the time in the day without taking time to decompress which leaves their body in fight or flight mode compromising their immune system making them susceptible to sicknesses.
Aries are confident and can take on a lot of work, vacation planning, party hosting, and relative visiting. But if they have kids, pets, a company and the in-laws in town, they often can spin into an emotional outburst of anger which resides in the fire of their sign. In order to not resent the holidays, they need to learn when to say no. Let the family rent a hotel, take off early from work and don’t take on new projects before the end of the year. In short, don’t be the hero.
- Rams are Very Competitive
When it comes to holiday parties, decorating, gifting, and tacky sweaters, well, an Aries wants to be the best. They always bring a fun sense of competition to holiday gatherings and oh, did we mention they love to dress to the nines? Just make sure you don’t compare yourself or the amount you spend on gifts to anyone else. Holidays are not about who can out-gift, out-cook or out-decorate anyone else. It also doesn’t add to feelings of inclusivity and love when someone is trying to outshine the rest. Have fun but don’t take yourself too seriously.
6. On-the-Go Gemini
- Geminis Insulate Themselves in Their Job
Geminis are mental creatures which means they need mental stimulation and often find it through their work which allows them to constantly learn. But this also means they aren’t that good at sitting and relaxing. They are active people who feel like they constantly need to be doing something and hanging with grandparents or sitting around having meals can be a stretch for them. Find time away from work and just let your mind relax and enjoy music, laughter and games.
- The Twins Don’t Know When to End a Conversation
Geminis can get stressed because they want to know everything and understand all new topics. This means they can get caught in a million conversations and not take time for their basic needs. During the holidays when people are more chatty and sociable a Gemini actually needs to work to be less sociable and more grounded.
- Their Curiosity Leads Them
A Gemini loves to go try new things and meet new people because they are always interested in how people think and why things happen. They can find themselves going here and there and one thing leads to another but before you know it, they have overdone it and are overtired, hungry, and forgot to feed the cat. To keep stress low, remember to do less.
7. Looped-In Leo
- They Are Always Connected Even When They Shouldn’t Be
Leos have a bright personality and love conversing, engaging, and getting attention. They will usually take attention anywhere they can get it even if someone doesn’t deserve it. They may find they crave social environments even when they should be doing something for their health or taking care of much-needed errands and bills. To keep stress low, keep a to-do list of the important things and make sure your ideas aren’t coming from the ego and are coming from the heart.
- They Don’t Let Anything Go
A Leo doesn’t want to let anyone down. If someone invites them and they say yes I’ll be there, they have trouble not going even if they are dead tired. They accept every challenge even if it’s one too many shots of tequila at times because they want to be the life of the party and thrive on positive energy. People aren’t going to hate you if you say you really don’t feel like doing something. That’s a big lesson for a Leo.
- A Serious Case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)
A Leo often seeks validation and someone to tell their dreams and life story to. This means they want to make sure to hit all the events, family gatherings and tree lightings. But no one can be everywhere and it’s a great way to stress yourself out because you’ll always be late and feel one step behind. Choose to go to 1 out of every 5 events and you’ll find your stress goes way down. Sometimes the best decision is no decision.
Why Are the Holidays So Stressful for Them?
Some people have a lot of energy that starts to spin during the holidays. They need to be aware that they interact with people obsessively so that they can say no to social invites. They also need to realize that it’s just as important to be able to say no as it is to say yes. It’s not always necessary to accommodate requests people make, and often people ask too much. Most important for these signs is to remember to check in with how you’re feeling and don’t feel guilty if you don’t do everything you feel obligated to do.
It’s great to have energy, but for the signs that forget to relax, the flu season will force you to if you don’t take care of yourself. There’s nothing wrong with loving people, parties, and gatherings but no one can do it all, right? Don’t worry about telling your aunt you’re staying in, she will still love you!
Signs to Learn From
- Look to Pisces who is used to indulging a little bit because they do it all year. They also know when they need to rest. They are in the moment, but not consumed by it.
- You can also look to Sagittarius who is direct and upbeat. They take risks and say how they feel. If you need a break, talk to a Sagittarius about how to express yourself.
- Finally, look to Aquarius who has no problem skipping the holidays altogether. They are fiercely independent even called cold at times but they can spend time alone and not feel bad about it. They don’t live so much in the moment but look to what the meaning of life really is or should be.
5 Tips to Relax During the Holidays
1. Take a Breath!
Literally just take more deep breaths! Your stress instantly reduces and your body relaxes. It helps balance your stress hormones and even reduces muscle tension. This is the first thing to do if you feel anything but joy from the holiday time. Make sure it’s a deep breath and do it as often as possible until it becomes natural for your body to calm you down without thinking just by expanding the lungs and taking in more oxygen. It’s amazing that breathing is the most effective, free and fast stress reliever on the planet.
2. Plan Fewer Activities
You’ll actually enjoy yourself much more if you don’t have two parties to attend each evening. That means fewer gifts to bring, less wine to show up with and less dry cleaning to get laundered. Also, don’t throw too many gatherings yourself even if people are used to it. Go for quality, not quantity.
3. Take 15 Minutes For Yourself Before Entering a Party
Before you set foot in the door, decide how long you probably want to stay, how much you want to eat and remind yourself what you’d like to get done the next day. Identify the people you know will try to tempt you to go overboard and mentally prep yourself. Also, check in with yourself and make sure you actually want to go because you don’t have to do anything.
4. Remember the Holidays are About Friends & Loved Ones
When you get frazzled about having the perfect wrapping paper, going to ten stores to get everything on your list or feeling like you have to make ten kinds of cookies for every dietary concern under the sun, just breathe and remember a hug is more valuable than anything. Just show love through words and listening and don’t go broke or stress yourself out last minute with the unnecessary hassle.
5. Get Into the Holiday Spirit
Find ways to incorporate your own version of holiday spirit into this time. Spend time with people you love. Bake cookies. Volunteer your time with a local organization to make someone else’s Christmas a little brighter.