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Holiday Stress Relief

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Holidays can be a stressful time. Family get-togethers, shopping, food preparations, big meals--all can result in stress. The holidays don't need to take a toll on your health, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Keep an eye out for over-spending and over-commitment, and take care of yourself, says Dr. Joann Schaefer, the state's Chief Medical Officer.

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"If you are having a lot of stress at one period of time, break away, take a walk, take a breath, have a laugh, and enjoy the holidays with your family," she says.

Also, take care of yourself by getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night and keeping up your exercise schedule.

"If you can just get 10 minutes in for a walk, that's really helpful," Dr. Schaefer says.