The holiday season is here. It is time for family get-togethers, decorating, shopping, gift-wrapping, baking and attending special events. You and your family may feel stressed because of the extra demands placed upon already busy schedules. We put too much pressure on ourselves to create the perfect family occasion.
"The three main causes of holiday stress or depression are relationships, finances and physical demands, says Sallie Lide-Hooker, a regional family and child development agent with Alabama Extension. "Sometimes emotional disappointments combined with excess fatigue and stress result in post-holiday let down. It can take us the rest of the winter to recover," she says.
Lide-Hooker offers 25 tips to help avoid stress overload and ward off the blues:
Source: Sallie-Lide Hooker, REA Family and Child Development, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, (334) 874-7269 office, (334) 201-7636 cell, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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