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Tips to Manage Stress

Adara James, Editor

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This time of year is the most stressful time of year. Students have finals and school work to get done before the semester is over. Many of us have a lot of studying to do to pass our finals and in some cases the class. Then once we make it through finals week we have to make it through the holidays. There are many reasons that cause stress levels to go up during this time of year, but the number-one reason, according to Jonna Fries, Psy.D., director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at California State University, Los Angeles, is that so many of us have unrealistic expectations of what the season should look like. This can deter many from enjoying end-of-year festivities, she cautions. Managing your expectations is often easier said than done, especially with stressors that include too little time; strained finances; pressure to find the perfect present; struggling to balance work and family; overeating; and dealing with difficult relatives.

Here are some tips to get through it:
-First set a limit of how much you want to spend on gifts
-Plan ahead create a shopping list so you know what you are buying and know how much you are spending (adjust according to the budget you made)
-Plan your holiday party do not wait last minute
-Keep track of which parties you are attending so you do not forget them
-When asked about grades don’t go into detail just keep it simple
-Try your best to avoid things that cause extra stress

Good luck on keeping the stress down and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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