7 Reasons Why You're Stressed Out — and How to Overcome Them!

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Step Away From the Cell Phone
A recent study that examined cell phone use in college students concluded that for the population studied, high frequency cell ... more 
Photo by: Photo credit: jseliger2, Flickr
Step Away From the Cell Phone
A recent study that examined cell phone use in college students concluded that for the population studied, high frequency cell phone users tended to have lower GPAs, higher anxiety, and lower satisfaction with life (happiness) relative to their peers who used the cell phone less often. If you find your stress is off the charts, try putting down your cell phone. Make rules like only checking it hourly, turning it off at 8 p.m., and making it a point to put it down when you're with other people. You may be using your phone as a tool to procrastinate, which only compounds stress! Photo credit: jseliger2, Flickr
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Thu, Dec 19, 2013 2:41 PM EST

This time of year, it's easy to get frazzled. With family obligations, holiday parties to attend, cookies to bake, presents to buy, crummy weather to navigate - it can seem overwhelming. Not to mention that it's not easy to wrap a perfect present when a 3-year-old is trying to assist … or that the imperfectly wrapped present gets destroyed the second you put it under the tree! While you can't add more hours to the day to help you complete your to-do list, you can minimize the stresses you do have. So instead of collapsing into a puddle of melted snow like Frosty or turning into a big old Grinch, examine your stressors to see if there is anything you can nix or take down a notch. Better yet, read on to see if any of these common stressors are bringing you down. Some of these are little stresses that you'll find year-round, but some tend to crop up this time of year. Either way, we've got ways to take that frazzled feeling down a notch so you can enjoy your holidays sans stress! Click through for 7 common stressors - and how to beat them! -By Erin Whitehead

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