If you're stressed-out and ready to cancel your holiday plans, here are a few ways to fight the emotional strain.

  1. Cut an orange up and breathe it in. A whiff of citrus will change your outlook.
  2. Squeeze the skin between your thumb and index finger for 30 seconds. Supposedly, this reduces the tension in your upper body.
  3. Call your mother! Hearing Mom's voice should release those feel-good hormones that regulate your body's ability to defend itself from stress. Of course, this doesn't work for everyone, as some people say talking to their mothers increases their anxiety.
  4. Learn to say "no." 'Tis the season to give, but don't say "yes" to every request to bake cookies and attend holiday events. "Me-time" is key to an anxiety-free holiday season.