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7 Tips for Managing Holiday Stress

Learn about simple ways to relieve holiday stress

The countdown to the holiday season has started, and while most of us look forward to enjoying the festivities, heightened demands and the pressure to “do it all” often bring unwelcome stress.

“Shopping, baking, parties and taking care of your family can throw you into a dizzying whirl of activity that can wreak havoc on your health and emotional well-being,” says Allison Theberge, MD, a family medicine physician at Scripps Coastal Medical Center Eastlake.

“However, it doesn’t have to be that way this year. Instead of running yourself ragged, take a deep breath, slow down and try these practical tips to minimize stress and enjoy the fun,” she says.

To help manage stress and make it a truly enjoyable season, keep the following tips in mind:

1. Feel free to say no

One of the first steps toward dealing with holiday stress is realizing that it is not unusual.

“Try to manage your expectations of the season,” says Dr. Theberge. “Usually, with some planning and thoughtful scheduling, you can enjoy the holidays with peace and joy.”

Don’t overbook yourself. Fitting in family obligations, school holiday events and finding the perfect gifts can seem overwhelming on top of an already busy schedule. So, don’t be afraid to say no or ask for extra help when you need it.