One way to reduce your stress level, and enjoy the holidays more, is to make a plan for how much you’re willing to spend, and stick to it. Having a budget will relieve the stress of overspending. Maintain your fitness and eating habits throughout the holiday season to avoid the added stress of extra pounds. Exercise reduces levels of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates endorphins, the body’s natural mood elevators. Put your focus this holiday season on maintaining and improving relationships, instead of decorations and gifts. Let the spirit of the season be about giving, being thankful and reflecting on a year well-lived.
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