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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Holiday Stress: What You Can Do Now

By November 29, 2013

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season is officially here! With it will come warm and wonderful experiences that will bring fond memories for everyone. (Some of my best memories are centered around the holidays: constructing candy houses, caroling, holiday parties, and, of course, GIFTS!)

However, as these experiences pile up, the holiday season can move from wonderful to overwhelming. For example, buying a gift for a loved one can be a delicious experience; buying gifts for all of your loved ones at once--when everyone else in town is doing the same and seemingly in line in front of you--can be a frantic experience! Ditto for cards, parties, baking, etc. In fact, by the time the holidays are finally here, many people are sick of the stress and ready for things to be over.

This year, why not really enjoy the holidays? You can take a lot of stress out of the situation by planning ahead and creating a plan to simplify and proactively manage stressors before they add up, and creating strategies to manage the stressful feelings you may experience as they arise, before they turn into feelings of overwhelm. Here are some resources to help:

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