(Le Mars) -- Stress and depression. We don't typically sing Christmas Carols
about either, but it's still part of the holiday season for many people. Elissa
Meylor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with Plains Area Mental Health
says that over-commitment is one of the biggest stressors during the holidays.
Meylor recommends making a list to prioritize.
If you're already over committed, Meylor says to think ahead and delegate.
Physically it's important to fuel your body with healthy foods, eat sweets in
moderation, get plenty of rest and keep exercising to release stress. Meylor
says there's one simple thing to do if you start to feel the weight on your
For some people holiday gatherings are a sad and frustrating time because of
life circumstances. Therapist Elissa Meylor says that being social is important,
but making sure you're around the right people without overwhelming yourself is
Another holiday downer that can get the best of us often relates to finances.
Before you finish shopping, the American Psychological Association recommends
writing down how much you plan an spending and stick to it.