How to deal with extra holiday stress

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's called the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also the most stressful. There's the shopping, cooking, decorating and entertaining. This year, the traditional shopping season is shorter and that's making it even crazier. Dr. Linda Ryan, medical director of the Women's Emotional Wellness Center of Main Line Health, says chances are you won't take any time just for yourself, so to de-stress, remember the basics, and start with sleep.

"Most of us need close to eight hours and very few adults or teens get that amount of sleep," said Ryan. "Eating in moderation so that you can feel better during the day, so be careful of all those extra helpings and that will make you feel better later on. A back to basic point is exercise, going for even a ten minute walk has been shown to improve mood and health outcomes."

You can get that walking from the parking lot to the mall. Ryan also said it's important to just do what you can.

"Adjust your expectations, not lower your expectations," she recommended. "Be realistic about what you can get done and also to of course prioritize what's important for you. The idea of getting it all done is really a fallacy. Perhaps consider the gift of time with friends and family as the most precious."

And take that time to breathe and just enjoy the moment.

For more help, call the Women's Emotional Wellness Center at 1-888-CARE-898.