Stresses and excesses are not exclusive to the holiday season, but are usually magnified during this hectic time of year. Here are some common problems, you may recognize in yourself or others:

-Pressure to complete many tasks in a limited time in preparation for holiday guests.-Pressure to prepare, bake, decorate, according to preconceived expectations - "the way Mom used to do it."

-Pressure to find that "perfect" holiday gift.

-Pressure to be a part of a family, even if family problems, conflicts or losses prevent this from happening.

-Emphasis on overeating, especially sweets.

-Emphasis on drinking, particularly to excess on New Year's Eve.

-Emphasis on the commercialism of the holidays.

-Tendency toward overspending.

-Pressure to be in many places at one time - home, work and social obligations.

-Pressure to make the holidays perfect for the family.

-Tendency to promise to revamp life in the new year.

-Tendency to reflect sadly on all that went unaccomplished in the passing year.