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Holiday stress is common, but there are ways to cope

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TYLER (KYTX) - For many,the holiday season is a time of cheer and pure joy -- but for some people, it's stressful and depressing. With all the extra shopping and list of things to do, it can get overwhelming.

CBS 19'S Katiera Winfrey explains things you can keep in mind to keep holiday stress and depression in check.
It's a holiday wonderland at the Tyler Christmas store...

"I just love Christmas, it's a time that I feel that everybody just loves everybody," said holiday shopper Ruenelda Maxwell.

Maxwell says, this is her favorite time of the year. She says to stay ahead of the holiday stress when it comes to buying gifts and preparing food she plans thoroughly.

"Be sure you make a list check it twice and just make sure you check to see what present suits most people," Maxwell said.

While Maxwell is full of holiday cheer...licensed clinical social worker Brenda McBride says quite of few people can start feeling Grinch like this time of the year.

"We're expected to do more work, more activity with the same amount  of time. And most of us were already busy and stressed before," said McBride.

Tuesday McBride will host a special forum at the ETMC Pavilion at noon called: Coping with Holiday Stress.

The forum will present tips to help you cope with your emotions and thoughts.

"The first thing lower your expectations...delegate, if you can delegate some some exercise," McBride said.
Aside from the things to do, McBride says this time of year is gloomy and that alone can impact how you feel. It's called seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

"A lot less light this time of year when we absorb less sunlight it increased the chances for depression," said McBride.

Depression increases for several reasons. Some of the major reasons: we grieve what used to be...McBride says this emotion is felt in older people for a shortage of family, and parents, because the children may be gone.

Maxwell says if anything just remember what the season is really all about. It's love.

McBride says, a common stressor happens in the kitchen. She says people often feel it's mandatory to stick to the traditional hand-made cakes, cookies and pies, but she say don't' be afraid to just buy something already made.


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