holiday stress

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Stress is a normal part of life. And there’s even such thing as a “good” level of stress that keeps us going, according to psychology researchers Sanda and Florin Dolcos at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

But severe stress can interfere with day-to-day living, and this can be particularly challenging during the holiday season, they say.

Curbing Social Anxiety During The Holidays

Dec 15, 2014

The drumbeat of the holiday season begins soon after Thanksgiving appears in the rearview mirror. That may mean a laundry list of chores, presents to buy, and holiday preparations to wrap up in time for family visits, parties with friends, or trips out of town.

For some people, this is what the holiday season is about; they may even welcome—and enjoy—the challenges. For others, though, the stress is unbearable.

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From buying gifts to attending family outings and trimming the tree, there's little time for the gym. However, exercise may be the key to knocking out holiday stress, says Shaun Hollering, a personal trainer at Lifetime Fitness in Indianapolis.