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Coping with Holiday Stress

Stress is a common problem during the holidays, but it doesn't have to ruin your season. Here are some tips for coping with holiday stress. You can read the whole article Holiday Stress: How to Cope in our Health Library.

Have reasonable expectations. Sometimes, plans don't work out like we hoped. That's okay. Expect things to be hectic, even if they are fun. It will give you some perspective. You can't control everything.

Plan around stress. If you know certain people and/or situations will stress you out, it's okay to avoid them. Instead, plan things that are fun and/or relaxing.

Focus on what's really important. Remember why you're celebrating in the first place. You don't need fancy gifts or expensive meals. You can help your kids with this, too, by talking about being thankful for the gifts and activities they have. Consider volunteering to help others.

Take care of yourself. Good physical health will help you have more energy and stay positive. Exercise is a great stress-buster. Make time for adequate sleep.

Share the burden. Be willing to accept help from family and friends.

If you experience symptoms of stress or feeling overwhelmed, talk to your friends, family, or even your doctor. Signs of too much stress may include headaches, overeating, trouble sleeping, feeling nervous or anxious, or becoming easily irritable.

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