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Dealing With Holiday Stress

November 23, 2012, 6:14 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Dealing With Holiday Stress

Black Friday shopping: some people love it, others stress about it.

“It can be very stressful at times," Connie Reuland said.

But, Reuland says her experience shopping on Friday with her granddaughter has been a positive one.

"We haven't been stressed yet because the traffic hasn't been to bad early in the morning," Reuland said.

Psychologist Nancy Wise-Vander Lee says there's a whole list of reasons why people can feel stressed, depressed or even lonely this time of year. One of the problems is some people tend to spend too much during the holidays.

"If you really have trouble with buying too much, have someone come with you, so they can be objective about what the goals are for your holiday list and how accurate they are," Wise-Vander Lee said.

Others struggle with memories from holiday past, good ones and bad ones. They can remember loved ones who they are now separated from either by illness, divorce or death.

"Talking it over with someone can help you at least process and understand what you're thinking and feeling," Wise-Vander Lee said.

But Wise-Vander Lee says the most common emotional problem this time of year is stress because people are expected to do more; more holiday parties, more shopping, more to-do lists and with less time.

"It's okay to say no. Do you really have to go to all the parties? Do you really have to do everything you agreed to do,” Wise-Vander Lee said.

That’s something Reuland is going to keep in mind this holiday season as she takes a look at her priorities.

"Family gatherings are probably the most important things," Reuland said.

Wise-Vander Lee also says forget about the small stuff this holiday season and enjoy the bigger meaning of Christmas. She says volunteering or reliving the holidays through children can also help.

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