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5 Ways to Defuse Holiday Stress

The holidays are supposed to be time when family and friends get together and spend time with one another and celebrate. However, the holiday season comes with a lot of stress. There is a lot of expectation when the holiday season rolls around. We are also always in a hurry to move on to the next holiday. The minute Halloween is over we can usually expect to see Christmas decorations the next day. Peg Streep, a contributor writer for Psychology Today, has some tips to help lower your holiday stress:

  1. Don't be a pushover 
  2. Prepare yourself emotionally
  3. Set boundaries
  4. Work on taming your stress
  5. Opt for Friendsgiving 

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