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HEALTHWATCH: Tips to beat Holiday Blues

Updated: Wednesday, December 18 2013, 06:53 PM CST
The holiday season is one of the most joyous times of the the year.  Family and friends to come together and celebrate.

But as happy as this time of year can be, it can also be one of the most stressful.
How to beat the Holiday Blues

"Holiday shopping can be stressful for anyone and that's why we have a few tips to get you through this holiday season."

David Wiggins is looking at his list and checking it twice or maybe three times.
He says even though he's procrastinated a little in his Christmas shopping..
This is still his favorite time of year but it can still be a little stressful..

David Wiggins  "I get stressed out in the parking lot never in the store."
With a good attitude David says he can't get stressed holiday shopping.

David Wiggins " I focus and just constantly find ways to stay reminded why we're doing what we're doing and why generosity matters."
Experts say many things during the season can stress you out..
Traveling, holiday events, long lines, shopping, but one of the biggest stressors is money.
Finding a way to set your budget and a plan to stick to it could help prevent stress.
David Wiggins "We try to plan ahead and my wife is very good at making sure knowing exactly what we have and exactly what we can do and cant do, so as long as we stay in the perimeters that is set for me we do ok."
Kim Freithe says shopping is one of the major things that stress her out..
She opens her home every year to those who serve our county.   This year 10 to 12 Sailors and Marines will spend Christmas at her home.
Finding the perfect gifts for those military members and her family can be tough.
Kim Freithe  "I'm a firm believer it's what comes from your heart not how much you spend."
But she braved through and found exactly what she was looking for.
To avoid those Holiday Blues many experts agree you should follow these steps..
Channel your stress into something good..
Be realistic.
And make a list.

Michelle Renfro  "Just taking some time for yourself and take a deep breath."
"And remember if things got a little crazy or stressful this year, well there is always next year."

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