Your Healthy Holiday Guide

9 Signs You're Headed for a Holiday Meltdown

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You have super-high expectations

If you tend to feel stress year-round because you're not meeting the expectations you've set for yourself, the holidays are likely to amplify these feelings. Sometimes expectations are so unrealistic they simply can't be fulfilled.

What you should do: Focus on what is realistic—not ideal—or you risk facing major disappointment when things don't go as planned. Perfectionists must remember that preparing for a holiday is not a one-person task; reaching out to a support system to delegate tasks can really lighten the load.

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