How to survive the stress of the holiday shopping season

When it comes to time, limit yourself to the festivities, both on the giving and receiving end

(CNN) – You have less than a month to get your holiday shopping done. Not looking forward to the crowds, the traffic and the decorating? Who is? But there are ways to enjoy the season without having to pull your hair out.

‘Tis the season to be jolly. But why are these people fighting over crock pots and mp3 players?

Dr. Marc Dalton said, “Most people freak out about three particular things during the holiday. Specifically time, money and other people.”

When it comes to time, limit yourself to the festivities, both on the giving and receiving end. There’s only so much eggnog you can drink.

Dr. Dalton said, “I would say pick two or three things that you really, really want to do and then reserve the other times for yourself.”

If the expense of the holidays is nipping at your wallet, set a budget and stick to it. Remember, some of the best Christmas memories don’t come from a store.

Dr. Dalton said, “Experiences are usually a lot better than things, especially during the holiday season.”

For some, creating the perfect holiday can bring on frustrations and unrealistic expectations. Doctors suggest during this time of year, it’s a good idea to just breathe.

Dr. Dalton said, “I always say take one weekend where you plan to do nothing, but do things that you need to do for yourself.”

So when Santa Claus visits this year, you’ll be able to say ho, ho, ho, instead of a bah humbug.

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