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Tips to avoid the holiday stress

The holiday season can be a joyous time with family and friends, but it can also make you feel stressed to impress visitors / Matt Thielke (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- The holiday season can be a joyous time with family and friends, but it can also make you feel stressed to impress visitors.

Many of us are familiar with feeling overwhelmed with our hectic holiday schedules, but experts say there's some easy things you can do to make it through the holidays and keep your stress in check.

Jessica Hatcher with Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health says you need to be careful to not let the stress of the season overwhelm you.

"I know that we have a lot of wrapping to do, family coming in, trips to the airport, but to the extent that you can stay in your normal routine and get plenty of rest, that's going to be key," she said.

Hatcher says that visiting family can put you in the giving and serving mood, but be sure to remember your own health.

"If you have house guests that are staying with you then you want to make sure you have an area that's private and just for you, so maybe your bedroom is off limits," she said.

When kids or grand-kids come for a visit, they likely want to hop on your WiFi network. Wes Reagan, a tech expert with Quality Computer Systems, says it is important to be sure it's ready for the extra connected devices and dig out the password card before they arrive.

"To help relieve stress when family does come and visit, make sure you have those little cards, most of them come with routers now a days, and they have the ID and the password," Reagan said.

Hatcher encourages avoiding turning to food or alcohol to manage seasonal stress. Instead, she said it is better to get some exercise and keep your health a priority.

"You are going to want to make sure that you are keeping things in check, everything in moderation and that you are following the self care that you know is important for you," she said.

Hatcher also said that if you get overwhelmed while shopping during the holidays, try going in the morning. She said that's when stores are better stocked and crowds are the lightest.

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