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Beat the Holiday Blues

Not feeling too jolly this time of year? Here's how to do away with common stressors and boost your spirit.
Why the Holidays Can Be So Stressful

It's the most wonderful time of the year—or so they say. Why then do 61% of people report feeling anxious (often or sometimes) between Thanksgiving and January 1st? "The holidays are a time when women are expected to shine, and expectations are high," says Pauline Wallin, Ph.D., author of Taming Your Inner Brat: A Guide for Transforming Self-Defeating Behavior (Beyond Words Publishing) and a clinical psychologist in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Combine the pressure to make the perfect pie and have the best decorations with jam-packed schedules, money woes, and family clashes, and it's no wonder that peace and goodwill can be hard to come by. Fortunately, we've got the advice that will help you find more joy—and stress less—this year.

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