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The holiday season can stress out the best of us. Often we get overwhelmed by the list of things we need to purchase or the people we need to see. It often becomes a time of the year where we look back at all the shortcomings and disappointments of the year. Here is a list of  tips I found  to be helpful.

1. Spend time with people who care about you and your well-being. A really good support system is the best thing you can do to cope with the holiday blues.

2. Celebrate the present, and accept that change is a normal part of life.

3. Volunteer your time in service to others. When you are helping or pitching in with something you will not think about yourself.

4. Understand that you cannot control your family members. They are who they are.

5. Eat and drink at normal rates and paces. Gorging on food and alcohol can make you feel awful the next day.

6. Don’t feel obligated to attend everything.. You are one person. No one will be angry with you if you cannot attend.  If they are angry than reevaluate your friendship.

7.  Don’t overspend. Stick to your spending limit. When January arrives it  will not come with credit card shock.

8.  Really take a look at what is going on in your area. Google holiday events and attend something fun. It’s a good way to meet people.

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