How to manage stress during the holiday season


The holiday season often brings stress whether it’s figuring out where to spend the holidays or how much money to spend on gifts.

Stress can be unhealthy. So, what can you do to help prevent the seasonal blues?

If you’re stressed out about spending time with your family, the American Psychological Association has some advice. They recommend dealing with difficult family conversations, by talking about things you agree on and being open and kind.

And if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the need to find the perfect gift, the APA suggests setting realistic expectations and keeping a holiday “to-do” list.

“I came with my mom out to dinner tonight and we’re just strolling,” said Kimberly Oarvec of Holyoke. “We’re checking things out. I’m not stressing even though there’s two weeks left and I haven’t started, it’s not worth it. It’s the little things that make my kids happy and that’s all I’m concerned about.”

Sales and bargains can be exciting for finding the right gift, but one shopper told 22News she’s trying to shop smart this year. 

“You got to do what you got to do but it’s been a stressful month, but we’re taking one day at a time and we’re going to get this Christmas shopping done and celebrate the holiday,” Janet Shean of Agawam told 22News.

Remember to take care of yourself this holiday season and if you need a hand, don’t hesitate to ask family or friends for help.

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