During the holiday season, do you feel...

  • Financial pressure?

  • Lack of time?

  • Stressed about gift giving and family gatherings?

If so, you're not alone. According to the American Psychological Association, 38% of people surveyed said their stress increased during the holiday season. This, along with a lack of sunlight during winter, can lead to depression and anxiety.

It's important to acknowledge your feelings and know that they can change with a few strategies to help you feel better.

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Identify Your Reasons

Acknowledge your feelings and identify where they're coming from.

  • A feeling of loneliness?

  • Family obligations?

  • Buying gifts on a tight budget?

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Feeling Of Loneliness

Take steps to feel less isolated during the holiday season.

  • Take a break from social media — too much time on social media can make you feel more isolated

  • Start a new holiday tradition — go to a movie, spend time with friends or volunteer

  • Call your loved ones if you can't be with them on the holidays

  • Make a list of everything you're grateful for

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Too Many Obligations

Too many family and social obligations getting you down? Accept that you can't do it all and set some limits.

  • Find a way to compromise so that everyone is happy

  • Prioritize the most important events

  • Meet up with others after the holidays if you can't make a holiday gathering happen

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Gift Buying Expense

If you're on a tight budget, use your creative skills to come up with thoughtful gifts.

  • Bake cookies and share them with others

  • Offer to do a chore or task that person hates

  • Create a photo collage or frame a picture

  • Sew or paint something special

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Quiz

Samuel is on a tight budget and he wants to buy gifts for his friends since they always buy him a gift. What would be the best gift to give?

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Mobius from the Matrix saying,

Don't the holidays get you down!

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