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Holiday Stressors and Tips to Beat Them

People who feel your pain and a psychologist's tips to help.
EAST PEORIA - It's the most wonderful time of the year, but there's also a lot of work that can come along with it.

We asked people what stresses them out over the holidays.

“I think the hustle and bustle, trying to get it down. Many times it's you know, everybody trying to please everybody instead of just enjoying the real meaning of Christmas," said Shelley Ring.

"Getting everything done, cleaning the house, wrapping presents, making sure you get everything and working at the same time," said Lisa Lagrow.

Psychologist Cathy Shehorn works at OSF Medical Group in Psychiatry and Psychology and said it's about more than checking off a to-do list.

"I think one of the most important ways to keep the spirit of the season is to focus on being grateful. Grateful for what you have. Being grateful for the people that you love and the people that love you back," Shehorn said.

But that can be hard when there are large crowds and a fast approaching deadline.

"The only thing that stresses me out about the holidays, what to buy people," said Tim Carney.

Doyle Riney said, "shopping. I don't like to shop, at all."

But that impact on your bank account isn't something to joke about.

"One of the things that ultimately causes people stress, during and after the holidays is when they are extending themselves financially," Shehorn said.

They only come once a year, so remember to make sure you're taking time to enjoy the season too.

For more tips on dealing with holiday stress click here.
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