Tips to help out with holiday stress

PHOENIX - Holiday dinners and Christmas shopping can be very stressful.

"Right now, because I just started a new job, I have no time off so I'm just working, coming home and just trying to spend as much time as I can with the family," said Valley resident Diane Louviere.

For some people last-minute shopping can make this a season of stress.

"It's a little stressful because you're trying to pick up the right gifts for all the people," said shopper Jaime Herrera.

And the stress from the holiday season can come with some consequences.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about nine percent of American adults suffer from hopelessness, despondency or depression this time of year.

Holiday gatherings can in some cases do more harm than good.

But the CDC suggests some basic things to handle your holiday stress levels.

The suggestions include keeping your spending in check while shopping, staying active with exercise, getting proper amounts of sleep, and while eating unhealthy may be tempting, try to fit in some fruits and veggies as much as possible.

And sometimes, it takes a little reminder of what the holiday season is all about to bring down those stress levels.

"You just have to feel in your inside that it's for Christmas, so you have to make it happy so you don't stress too much," said Herrera.

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