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How to manage stress during the holiday season

Mixed Race woman with headache near Christmas tree

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Holidays can be stressful for many ways. Maybe you don't have the money you think you need to make it a celebration. Maybe you're missing family or friends. Maybe you feel the time crunch in getting everything done. Maybe you're trying to accommodate every single person.

Needless to say, that's A LOT of stress!!!

To help with these stressors, Dr. Christopher Hansen, LPC with Thriveworks in San Antonio recommends setting those boundaries with yourself and not waiting until the last minute to make plans.

If you are missing a loved one this holiday season, Dr. Hansen reminds everyone to ask themselves, “How would the person I’m missing feel if they knew I was sad about them?

"Would he want me to feel remorse, would he want me to be down, or would he want me to celebrate and be thankful for my family and what I have in life?” Dr. Hansen said.

Also remember that money isn't what makes the holiday special. Personally I'm a big fan of homemade gifts! Plus the holiday is about being with the people you love and celebrating the reason for the season.


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