If the approaching holidays make you feel more tense than jolly, you are not alone, says May Institute’s Chief Psychologist Dr. Lauren Solotar. “Sometimes the additional ‘busy-ness’ of the holidays puts already stressed-out individuals into ‘stress overload.’”
Women are especially vulnerable to stress overload during the holiday season, according to Solotar. “A single mother who must work full-time to support her child/ren and also try to support school and extra-curricular activities may find that the additional responsibilities of the holidays – baking, parties, gift-buying, family dinners – are more than she can handle,” she says.
It is best to plan ahead to avoid stress and enjoy a happier holiday season. Solotar recommends that individuals see what they can subtract from their daily activities rather than what they can add. She offers the following tips:
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