Holiday Stress Busters
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Holiday Stress Busters

Holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but they also come with stress. Test your smarts on ways to stay calm.

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Holiday Stress Busters
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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Uncle George always hurts your feelings with his comments about your weight. What should you do when you see him over the holidays?

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The correct answer is: Plan a response ahead of time. You could laugh and say, "No, I haven't put on a few pounds--this is part of my Santa costume!" or simply say, "Yes, I have gained a little" and change the subject. This advice applies to any kind of negative comment you can anticipate: Prepare a response and say it when the time is right. Then go on with your celebrating.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

You can't wait to take some time off for the holidays. How much time do most people need for a restful break?

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The correct answer is: Try to take at least a week off if you can. It takes two to three days of vacation to actually begin to feel rested, so longer breaks have greater benefits.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods may help relieve stress?

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The correct answer is: Fish, such as anchovies, are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids that can help relieve stress and prevent stress-induced damage to your heart and arteries.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Depression isn't uncommon during the holidays, especially if you've recently lost a loved one or had a major life change. Which of these activities can help relieve depression?

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The correct answer is: Try volunteering. Helping others helps you take your mind off your depression and raises your spirits. Other options for shaking the holiday blues: reconnect with a friend; try a new hobby or sport; redecorate a room; or experiment with a new recipe.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What causes a holiday hangover?

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The correct answer is: Hangovers don't always just happen from drinking. Over-indulging in too many rich foods and sweets while you're skimping on sleep can do you in, too. Symptoms include fatigue, headaches, digestive problems and even the winter blues.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Your ex-husband has custody of the kids over the holidays. You had hoped to celebrate with them and your new husband's children. What's the best way to handle?

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The correct answer is: Blended families require a bit of work during the holidays. Follow your custody agreements (breaking them will only stir up trouble) and set a different date when you can celebrate together. Try planning new traditions that everyone can feel part of.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Aunt Sue and Aunt Deb don't get along, and you're afraid their bickering will ruin your holiday meal. How can you keep the peace?

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The correct answer is: Unfortunately, the holidays don't always bring out the best in everyone. If you have family members that don't get along, consider inviting them to different functions so they don't have to interact. If that's not a possibility, seat them apart, and place neutral people around them to try to cool down heated emotions.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of these is the biggest cause of holiday stress?

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The correct answer is: Overly-high expectation is the single biggest cause of holiday stress. Unrealistic hopes that everything will be perfect, and everyone will be happy can only lead to disappointment, frustration and even depression. Be realistic and enjoy the true meaning of the holidays, which is about celebration and togetherness – not perfection.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a sign your holiday stress is getting out of hand?

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The correct answer is: Signs that you may be letting holiday stress get the better of you include frequent headaches or backaches, nightmares and irritability. Don't let stress turn you into the holiday monster. Plan your days carefully so you have plenty of time for you and your mental (and physical) health.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these beverages can help boost a bad mood?

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The correct answer is: Fortified drinks such as orange juice are rich in vitamin D, a nutrient that has been shown to boost serotonin levels.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

You've been saving up vacation time for the holidays, but now you're worried you'll get behind at work. What's your best bet?

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The correct answer is: Put down the Blackberry, and step away from the laptop. Research shows people who work on vacations end up feeling more overwhelmed when they return to work than people who don't. Plus, if you're constantly connected to your email you're less likely to relax, so your vacation won't be as beneficial as it should be.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

You worked hard picking out your friend's gift. When she opens it, she doesn't seem that excited. How should you respond?

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The correct answer is: It's the ultimate holiday letdown: You spend all that money and time on gifts, and the recipient doesn't seem to appreciate them. Don't let your friend's reaction get you down. Friends and family don't always appreciate the effort the way they should, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't have done it.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

You’re worried that you'll blow your diet at the holiday office party. Which of these tips can help?

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The correct answer is: All of the above tips can help you keep your diet on track. When you first arrive, head straight for your friends, not the buffet. Socialize and settle in before you reach for a plate. If you're worried an empty stomach will do you in, grab a bite to eat before you head to the party. Make it extra filling, with lots of fiber, to help you stay feeling fuller longer. Lastly, pace yourself if you drink: Alternate each alcoholic beverage with a non-alcoholic one.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

You've been laid off at work and don't have much money to spend on presents. What's the best way to manage your child's gift expectations?

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The correct answer is: Honesty is the best policy. Explain to your child that he may be receiving fewer gifts this year because money is tight. Be calm and matter-of-fact, but do give fair warning so your child can keep his expectations in check.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a healthier alternative to alcoholic drinks at a holiday party?

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The correct answer is: Limiting alcohol will reduce the number of calories you drink (and reduce the risk of having compromising photos appear on the Internet). Instead of ordering your usual drink, try sparkling water with a squeeze of lime. It's refreshing and won't add on the calories.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

As if the hot flashes and mood swings of menopause weren't enough, now it's the holidays and you've got family coming to visit. To lessen stress, you . . .

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The correct answer is: Honesty is the best policy, says Sharecare expert and women's health advocate Staness Jonekos. Communicate with your loved ones. Let them know you are going through changes and that you plan to get some rest this holiday and would appreciate their support.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Between requests for holiday parties, fundraisers and bake sales, the holiday schedule can be full and taxing. How can you more easily tell someone no?

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The correct answer is: All of the above strategies may help you say no and maintain a bit of sanity over the holidays. Don't be afraid to just say no. Be honest and say you can't do it, but try to offer a solution that can help make up for your absence.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of these songs could help get you through an all-night gift-wrapping session?

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The correct answer is: Upbeat tunes like Jingle Bell Rock and Frosty the Snowman can help you plow through mundane tasks like gift wrapping or packing--whereas slower, softer tunes may make you feel like taking a long winter's nap.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

How soon before you travel for the holidays should you be vaccinated?

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The correct answer is: Who wants to spend New Year's Eve sick in bed? It takes at least two weeks for the flu shot to work, so be proactive and get it early.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these holiday scents can relieve stress?

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The correct answer is: Use cinnamon in your holiday baking, and sniff away your stress. Lavender and rosemary have been shown to reduce anxiety, too.

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