As much as we don’t like to admit it, the holidays are stressful for nearly everyone involved, especially in light of 2020 being, well, 2020. 

Of course we know the holidays will look different this year — because most of life looks VERY different this year — so while you may be thinking things will be much more low key, don’t be surprised at the hidden ways stress can still creep into your holiday season.

While the long shopping lines and fights over big ticket toys may not be as up close and personal as they once were, a whole new set of woes are coming to light: shipping costs, delivery dates and backorders, to name a few. 

The best way to navigate holiday stress: be aware and get a head start on your stress-busting strategies.

Recommended ways to reduce stress: 

  1. Exercise

  2. Organize

  3. Breathe

  4. Take a time out

  5. Meditate 

None of these are new tips and tricks; we’ve all tried them and we know a lot of them work. It’s putting them to practice consistently, however, that does the trick and improves your wellbeing. 

Take the top recommended stress reducer. According to Mayo Clinic, "Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day. But exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits." And yet, many of us struggle to stay on top of healthy habits, especially upon entering a stressful (and fun-filled) season like the holidays.

The key is to find a practice that’s enjoyable, that takes the work out of working out. The biggest advice we’ve received is to mix it up and try a few different things. 

While you’re making plans to make the most of this holiday season, remember this: Putting your stress-buster into practice can save you, your health and your overall merriment.

To help you craft your holiday wellness routine and stress-busting strategies, ZenStudio is offering daily in-studio and online fitness classes and is ending the year with a season of sales to help make that commitment and investment in yourself a little easier. Details on their annual Black Friday sales can be found here, and the're offering two weeks free on their new and enhanced livestream and virtual studio services that can be found here. Follow them on social media for the latest.


ZenStudio Little Rock offers 12 unique group fitness methods and has reopened for in-studio classes. Strong measures are being taken to keep clients and staff safe, including the addition of sneeze barriers in the cycle studio, ultraviolet-C lights to the HVAC systems and high volume HEPA air filtration machines to help kill airborne pathogens. Classes are offered in-studio and online daily.