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Holiday Stress

The holidays can be exciting and fun, but they can also be stressful. Here are some ways to minimize stress during the holidays:

  • Don't blow your budget. Decide how much you can afford to spend and stick to that amount.
  • Budget your time as well as your money. Don't overcommit your free time.
  • Start planning your gift list early in the fall.
  • Don't try to do everything yourself. Share responsibilities with your family.
  • Add a bit of the true spirit of the season by giving a gift to someone who doesn't expect it, visiting an old friend or giving to someone in need.
  • Make some fun plans for January, when the post-holiday blues can set in.
  • If the stress gets to be too much, seek the help of a professional.