How to deal with stress during the holiday season

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Many things are going on during the holiday season, from buying gifts, dealing with family and having to figure out finances.

"The number one thing with money is just to know your budget. To know your limits," advised Candise Ramsey, with St. Luke's Behavioral Health.

Around this time of year, the Idaho Central Credit Union Blue Lakes branch said they see an increase in traffic.

"There's a lot of people coming in looking for options as far as how they can borrow more money or free money up to make purchases," said Brett Buckley, the branch manager.

For shopper Breanna Orban, buying gifts is the most stressful part of the season.

"Just making sure that you have everybody on your list checked off getting gifts for them," she told KMVT.

Ramsey said shoppers should be realistic with their purchases.

"Accept your limits because, sometimes, we want to do more and make it bigger and more special," she said.

Even preparing beforehand can go a long way.

"Sit down and set a limit," Buckley said. "Then also, I think it's wise to do a little bit of homework in advanced. If you spend a little time looking at what you want, in advanced, you kind of know what kind of price tag is an appropriate price tag."

Another big stressor can be family.

"Families come together around the holidays and it’s a wonderful thing, but sometimes if there’s any unresolved issue between family members or maybe older people who aren’t used to having children around," Ramsey continued. "There’s just additional stressors that maybe we’re not used to dealing with during everyday life and we want it to be a special occasion and it to go well, and that also causes stress. So, you have to be realistic about what to expect and just to let people be themselves and enjoy themselves."

Ramsey also said it's OK to say no or ask others to help.

"Be realistic of things aren’t going to be perfect. There may be upsets in the family. If there is some sort of an issue, a stress that you see in a store, or driving, or something when you’re in your hustle bustle, remember that you’re going to be OK. The moments going to move on, takes some deep breaths and just push right through it," she advised

"Just remember that the amount of gift giving that you do doesn't put a price tag on love and just be happy with what you have," Orban said.

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