MONDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthDay News) -- 'Tis the season to be jolly, not stressed out, and an expert offers some tips on how to take care of yourself during the holiday rush.
While it's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the shopping, planning and other tasks associated with the season, you need to take steps to keep your stress under control in order to protect your health, said Dr. Gary Kaplan, founder of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine in McLean, Va.
"Stress is the way our body automatically responds to difficult situations. You may feel nervous, irritable and depressed, experience increased aches and pains, or you may just not feel like yourself," he said in a center news release.
Kaplan offered the following tips to relieve holiday stress:
The American Psychological Association offers more ways to deal with holiday stress.
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SOURCE: Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, news release, Dec. 13, 2010
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