Battling Holiday Stress

By: Lori Mitchell
By: Lori Mitchell

Christmas can be a time of joy, cheer, parties and family gatherings. But for many people, 'tis the season for anxiety, stress or even depression.

According to experts there are many factors that can contribute to the holiday blues. Financial constraints, family reunions, parties or high expectations are some of the causes.

Clinical psychologist, Dr. John Linden with The Medical Center in Bowling Green, Ky., suggests setting realistic goals, organizing your time and prioritizing all of your important activities.

"Some of us may be perfectionists and get caught up in details of having everything just right. Others are too hard to please and take on too much. We often overload ourselves," Linden said.

Another way to relieve holiday stress is by doing something kind for someone else. Shelters are always looking for extra volunteers around the holidays.

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