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Crowded shopping centers, visits from out-of-town relatives, and the pressure of preparing holiday meals can all summon one universal reaction: stress. The holidays may be the season of love and celebration, but sometimes festivities can become overwhelming.
Dr. Maria A. Oquendo, a psychiatrist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, says, "During the holidays, our lives become even more stressful as we try to juggle our usual responsibilities with extra holiday preparation and complicated family dynamics."
"Let the gift-giving start with yourself - treat yourself to healthy boundaries, such as a schedule that includes plenty of time for nourishing food, rest and relaxation," says Dr. Mallay Occhiogrosso, a psychiatrist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. "Whether by taking 15 minutes to meditate or being gracious about relatives' inevitable differences, prioritize wellness and keep the focus on the things about the holiday that really matter."
Drs. Occhiogrosso and Oquendo suggest that you try to keep your holiday stress to a minimum this year with the following advice:
These tips can help you to reduce stress and make the holidays a pleasure. Doing less may help you to enjoy the season more, and that is really the best stress reliever of all.
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