Experts offer advice for easing holiday stress

Experts offer advice for easing holiday stress

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by Katherine Cook, KGW Staff

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Posted on December 23, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 24 at 10:30 AM

PORTLAND -- For many people, the holidays feel like the most wonderful time of the year. For others who are wrapped up in the stresses of last-minute holiday shopping, the holidays can fray nerves and send emotions tumbling like a wobbly Christmas tree.

"We get so worked up during the holiday season," said Dr. Avid Farahani, Behavioral Health Specialist with Legacy Medical Group, Broadway.

Farahani said that during this time of year, many people punish themselves with negative thoughts when things don't go exactly as planned.

"Take a few deep breaths," advised Farahani. "Tell yourself positive statements like, 'It's going to be OK, I can get through this.' I think people often undermine that ability of positive self-talk to reduce the impact of stress on the body."

Shopper Bryn Scamahorn said she's trying not to let the holidays turn stressful, despite her lengthy to-do list.

"I still have a lot to do personally, but that's just the way it is," said Scamahorn. “I don't get too worried or nervous. I just keep with it."

Farahani suggested that some of the biggest stresses are usually those that people place on themselves -- not those placed upon them by others.

"Keeping the essence and the purpose behind the holiday season will help dodge those irrational, illogical thoughts," said Farahani.

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