If the country’s current economic crisis is stressing you out and putting a damper on your holiday spirit, you are not alone.
“With the stock market plummeting and foreclosures and layoffs skyrocketing, many Americans are feeling depressed, anxious, and more stressed than usual about the upcoming holidays,” says Lauren Solotar, Ph.D., May Institute’s Chief Psychologist. “You can still enjoy the holidays without creating additional financial and emotional stress. This may be a time to create new holiday traditions.”
To reduce your stress, plan to cut back on both your spending and your activities, she advises. “People get stressed during the holidays because they spend too much and add additional activities to an already full schedule,” Solotar says. She offers the following tips to help you reduce your expenses and your stress:
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