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Minimize stress this holiday season

Judy Myers, Extension Educator — Children, Youth & Family Consortium; and Heather Lee, Educational Resource Development and Support Manager — Family Development

October 2016

Holiday celebrations often evoke childhood memories of family gatherings, eating special foods, and (maybe) receiving gifts. But for adults and parents with financial worries and difficult family relationships, holidays often cause additional stress.

Perhaps intentions to honor a holiday with solemn ceremonies or by refraining from ordinary business have been lost in the commercial expectations to indulge in pricey celebrations. Here are some tips for reducing the commercial pressures associated with holidays.

Remember, there are ways to honor special holidays that minimize stress and require little or no spending. Discuss upcoming holidays with your loved ones and make needed changes to help minimize stress and truly celebrate the occasions with your loved ones.


University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing. (2014). Mindful Holiday Giving.

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