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12 Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas

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5. Say ohmmm. Meditation can slow a racing heart, decrease blood pressure, steady breathing and even stop checkout lines from driving you crazy. (Well, maybe.) "By eliminating all distractions save the sound of your breath, meditation transforms the body's fight-or-flight response to relaxation," says Dr. Winner.

6. B-calm. Head off trouble by getting your recommended dose of these vitamins. "B-complex helps relieve fatigue, improves mood and soothes nerves," says Rashmi Gulati, M.D., medical director of Patients Medical, a holistic wellness center in New York City. Add B-vitamin-rich foods to your diet with a spinach breakfast omelet or three-bean salad lunch.

7. Rub the right way. No time for a spa trip? Debbie Mandel, stress management expert and author of Addicted to Stress, suggests this quick technique to unwind: Warm a small amount of olive or almond oil in a glass by partially submerging it in a bowl of hot water. When the oil is tepid, use your thumb and forefinger to massage it back and forth around your eyes.