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Holidays bring on stress for some families

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For many people, this is the most wonderful time of the year. It's full of parties, family, shopping and travel. But all the movement can make it the most stressful time of year too.

In fact, a recent study from the American Psychological Association shows that three-quarters of Americans experience a higher stress level this time of year. But there are some steps people can take to enjoy the holidays without worry.

For instance, the APA offers the following stress-relieving tips:

1. Slow down and take time out for yourself

2. Focus on family not material things

3. Seek counseling if needed

4. Volunteer for charities

5. Be realistic about spending and your expectations

The study also finds that 91 percent of children can tell when their parents are stressed out, and parents often underestimate how much their own stress can affect their children. That's why researches advise parents to speak with their children and ensure that they understand the value of money.

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