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Breaking Tradition and Avoiding Holiday Burnout: 7 Ways to Keep Stress Out of the Holiday Season

Updated: Dec 16, 2022

By Dr. Charmain F. Jackman, PhD

It's the holiday season. A time for celebration. A time for traditions. Cue the holiday music, mouth-watering meals, opening gifts, and overall holiday cheer. While these images can stir fond memories and activate happy hormones like oxytocin and dopamine, they also usually come with an extra serving of stress and anxiety. Getting to those happy moments usually means enduring long shopping lines and holiday traffic; battling other holiday shoppers as you select the “perfect” gifts for a long list of family and friends; standing on your feet for hours as you prepare your favorite dishes; and spending more money than you plann