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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but the holidays can be stressful

The holidays can be a joyful time, offering a chance to reconnect with friends and family. But they also can be stressful. Maybe you are worried about money, and there never seems to be enough time to get things done.

“Out-of-town guests, parties, shopping lists, menus. For many people, the crush of activity during the holiday season prevents them from enjoying what should be a joyful time,” said Don Mordecai, MD, national leader for Mental Health and Wellness, and director of The Permanente Medical Group Mental Health & Chemical Dependency Services. “If people who are prone to holiday stress can identify the usual triggers, they can head it off with a little thought and planning.”

Here are some tips for taming holiday stress:

Preparing for the holidays

During the holidays

Source: Kaiser Permanente