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Published on December 01, 2012

Stress and the Holidays

The holidays are right around the corner

The holidays are often associated with good food, quality time spent with friends and family, and fond memories.

They can, however, also be quite stressful. Shopping, entertaining, work and school events, and family dynamics can result in significant pressure to "get it all done."

Fortunately, there many things that can be done to reduce stress around the holidays. Philip Bain, MD, Dean Clinic Internal Medicine, shares the following ideas to reduce your stress:

  • Get plenty of rest. Aim for 6-8 hours of sleep per night.
  • Don't load up on the sweets.
  • Don't overindulge in alcohol.
  • Plan ahead - don't leave all of the shopping and cooking until the end.
  • Be realistic - you don't have to go to every holiday party or send a holiday card to every person you know.
  • Learn how to relax - try yoga or t'ai chi exercises, learn how to "let go," learn to meditate, focus on the moment, and simply learn how to focus again.

For more information about how to manage stress better, visit our Stress Resources section. This section includes meditation recordings, articles, recommended resources and more.

Tell us - what do you do to manage your stress during this busy time?

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