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How to deal with holiday stress according to your MBTI type

Posted 02 Dec 2021 by Melissa, MBTI Marketing Manager
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Home Alone. A Christmas Story. It’s a Wonderful Life. What do all these movies have in common aside from taking place during the holiday season?

Stressful situations!

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While this time of year can be fun, festive and a great time to catch up on sleep, for many people around the globe they also bring undesired stress from lack of time, to the pressure to give gifts, to travel and burnout from holiday parties (especially social burnout for those with preferences for Introversion). And all the hustle and bustle can take a toll on your mental health.

Download the How to deal with holiday stress according to your MBTI type infographic here.

Add the recent COVID-19 pandemic, and normal holiday travel can also become more stressful. In fact, more people will be flying this year compared to the 2020 holiday season. Travel and Leisure Magazine reported that 155% more people were searching international flights compared to this time last year, and 212% more people were searching for domestic flights. In addition, demand for rental cars is up over 200% compared to the prior two years.

The good news? Just like traditional fruit cake, most of the stress that comes from the holidays can be avoided by understanding your personal stress triggers and then making sure to add a dash of self-care along with personalized stress remedies.

Knowing your Myers-Briggs personality type (you’ll be one of 16 types) can help you figure out stress triggers, potential remedies. By paying attention to your stress triggers, you can not only better manage stress when it happens during the holidays but even predict what situations might cause you the most stress. Then you can plan to incorporate tactics, behaviors and time for the things that reduce holiday stress.

Want to take the MBTI assessment before holidays get out of hand? Take the official, research-backed Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality assessment here.

Holiday stress by Myers-Briggs personality type

What causes holiday stress for ISTJ types?


What causes holiday stress for ISFJ types?


What causes holiday stress for INFJ types?


What causes holiday stress for INTJ types?


What causes holiday stress for ISTP types?


What causes holiday stress for ISFP types?


What causes holiday stress for INFP types?


What causes holiday stress for INTP types?


What causes holiday stress for ESTP types?


What causes holiday stress for ESFP types?


What causes holiday stress for ENFP types?


What causes holiday stress for ENTP types?


What causes holiday stress for ESTJ types?


What causes holiday stress for ESFJ types?


What causes holiday stress for ENFJ types?


What causes holiday stress for ENTJ types?

How to reduce holiday stress

There are multiple ways that you can reduce holiday stress. A few of the stress remedies listed below work for all personality types, and some are more effective for certain people than others. As you read through these stress reducers, think about times in your life when you were stressed, and what sort of things helped you feel more calm.

The first way to reduce stress that helps every one of the 16 MBTI types is to move around. "Exercise relaxes tense muscles that become tight and rigid when you experience stress. It delivers oxygen to the brain, vital organs, and muscles immediately and produces endorphins that soothe your mind and body," says Kathleen Hall, chief executive of The Stress Institute in Atlanta, Georgia.

What sort of things count as moving around? Consider going for a walk. If you prefer Introversion, it may stress you less to go on a walk alone (or with a furry friend) than with company. Those with preferences for Introversion are energized by spending time alone, and lots of socializing with family and friends and holiday parties can take a toll on their well-being. Even a short 5 minute walk down the street and back has positive benefits. If you prefer Extraversion, why not gather a few people together for a game of frisbee, a walk, or even an impromptu dance party in the kitchen? Extraverts are energized by spending time with others, so if holiday stress is looming in your horizon, consider an active get together.

Want to learn the holiday stress remedies for each MBTI type? Download the Holiday Stress Infographic here.

Curious about general stress remedies for each Myers-Briggs personality type when it’s not holiday time? Take a look at this blog, 4 Ways to De-stress for Each of the Myers-Briggs Personality Types.

Author: Melissa, MBTI Marketing Manager Tags: stress, holiday stress, MBTI, Myers-Briggs, stressors, infographic Meta description: Stressed about the holidays? You’re not the only one. Here’s what stresses each MBTI type during the holidays and a few remedies to reduce your holiday stress.