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Reducing Holiday Stress

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You have less than a month to get your holiday shopping done. The crowds, the traffic, the decorating, the cooking etc. The stress of it all can add up, but there are ways to enjoy the season without having to pull your hair out. 

Dr. Marc Dalton, a Psychiatrist said, "Most people freak out about three particular things during the holiday. Specifically time, money and other people."

He suggests that when it comes to time, limit yourself to the festivities, both on the giving and receiving end. There's only so much eggnog you can drink.  

Dr. Dalton said he would recommend picking, "two or three things that you really, really want to do and then reserve the other times for yourself."

If the expense of the holidays is nipping at your wallet, set a budget and stick to it. Remember, some of the best Christmas memories don't come from a store.

Dr. Dalton said, "Experiences are usually a lot better than things, especially during the holiday season."

For some, creating the perfect holiday can bring on frustrations and unrealistic expectations. Doctors suggest during this time of year, it's a good idea to just breathe.

For some tips on ways to cut back on the stress of the holidays click here.

If you're looking for a place to volunteer and give some of your time for the holidays, click here

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