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How does one stave off the stress and truly enjoy the season with family and friends?...


The holidays don't have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones," it suggests.

 The online health portal of the non-profit medical care and research group also suggests to say "no."
 "Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can't participate in every project or activity. If it's not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time," it says. "Deep breathing, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualization can evoke a state of rest and release," says P.J.  Skerret of Harvard Health. "Doing them can slow your heartbeat, calm your breathing, lower your blood pressure, and help you chill out."