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Red Cross Offers Steps to Reduce Holiday Stress

Set priorities. Tackle that to-do list in small steps.

The holiday season is here, bringing with it a lot of stress. There’s the shopping, gift wrapping, cooking, baking, entertaining, traveling — all on top of the demands we all face every day.

The American Red Cross has some steps people can take to cut down on the holiday anxiety as they go through their to-do lists to get everything ready. For instance, remember to eat healthy while rushing around in holiday mode. Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water. Other tips include:

  • Get plenty of rest. With so much to do, it may be difficult to have enough time to rest or get adequate sleep. Giving your body and mind a break can boost your ability to cope with the stress you may be experiencing.
  • Set priorities. Tackle that to-do list in small steps.
  • Be patient with yourself and those around you.
  • Stay connected with family and friends. Everyone is in it together, so ask for help if you need it and help them if you can.
  • Stay positive and appreciate the season. Perhaps share the baking and cooking with loved ones and enjoy the time together. Have a gift wrapping party. Keep entertaining simple. Make it all fun.

    For more information on how to enjoy the holiday, including travel safety tips, cooking safety and home fire prevention, visit the preparedness section of the Red Cross website.

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    About the American Red Cross:
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.