How To Handle Holiday Stress

December 22, 2011 Updated Dec 25, 2011 at 12:04 PM EDT

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December 22, 2011 Updated Dec 25, 2011 at 12:04 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Are you stressed out over the holiday season? Millions are with pressures for gift giving, family issues, and other concerns.

Recently, licensed psychologist Dr. Amy Beth Taublieb stopped by Channel 7's "AM/Buffalo" to offer some advice.

Here is more on what you and your family can do as a holiday survival guide:

The National Mental Health Association suggests the following activities to help you deal with the stress of the holiday season:

§ Keep expectations for the holiday season manageable. Organize your time. Make a list and prioritize important activities.

§ Remember the holiday season does not banish reasons for feeling sad or lonely; there is room for these feelings to be present.

§ Leave yesteryear in the past and look toward the future.

§ Do something for someone else. Try volunteering to help others.

§ Enjoy activities that are free such as driving around to look at holiday decorations.

§ Try something new. Celebrate the holidays in new way.

§ Spend time with supportive and caring people. Reach out and touch someone.

§ Save time for yourself! Recharge your batteries.

§ Refrain from excessive drinking.

§ Talk about fond memories and missed loved ones.

§ If you do feel down and out or hopeless, seek professional help.

There is no single solution for dealing with the holiday blues, but trying small things can help you through the season and help you make progress in feeling better.