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9 Mantras to help you beat holiday stress

9 mantras to help you get through the holidays. (Source: Psychology Today) 9 mantras to help you get through the holidays. (Source: Psychology Today)

The holidays can be a happy time in our lives. They provide an opportunity for many to see family and reconnect with old friends. But they can also be a time of great stress.  

Why the holidays are so stressful

Dr. Ellen Casper, a psychologist, has seen the holiday stress and anxiety first hand  with her patients. 

"Instead of this time of year being one to create pleasure individuals end up feeling sad and unhappy," Dr. Casper said. "They're rushing around they're trying to get too much done, they're spending too much money."

Holidays are often the time when families come together but family is what makes some people the most uncomfortable. 

"You're scrunched in with a bunch of people who may or may not have conflicting views but you still have to live with them," said Michael Shur.

This holiday season don't just muddle through. Psychology Today has nine things to remember when you're going through tough times that can help you drown out the negative and enjoy the season. 

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