10 simple steps to avoid stress this holiday season

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 5 2012 4:47 p.m. MST

Many times, expectations for family get-togethers are too high. This results in disappointment and frustration. Lower your expectations and tell yourself to have fun no matter what happens.

9. Put it all in perspective - Business Day Live

Focus on what the holiday season really means to you: family time together, reflection on your life and future goals and the blessings you have received. Let these aspects keep things in perspective.

10. Seek out emotional support - Business Day Live

If you find yourself struggling with family difficulties, plan some time with friends if needed. Also remember that doing less may help you enjoy the holidays more. This can be the best stress reliever of all.

Kylie Lewis is an intern for the Deseret News where she writes for Mormon Times and does other feature articles. She recently graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho, receiving a bachelor's degree in communications.

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