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How to Shake 'Holiday Gift' Anxiety

Experts share tips for avoiding anxiety during the holiday gift-giving season.

More Than Just Gifts

Driving around like a maniac trying to shop until you drop isn't necessarily the way to go. Instead, get organized, be flexible, and give because you mean it.

"Organization and flexibility are the keys to getting it all done," says Berman, who hosts a nightly call in radio show called On the Couch. "If someone doesn't get their gift by Christmas or Hanukkah, give it a few days later. Most adults are pretty flexible, and if they can't be flexible, they probably don't deserve your gift anyway. People forget that gifts are supposed to be given from the heart -- not because of obligation."

Whether you're on the giving or receiving end, remember that the holidays are so much more than wrapping and unwrapping.

"Spend just five minutes writing down what is most meaningful to you about the holiday season," says Robinson. "With your wishes and values clearly in mind, you can make spontaneous choices throughout the season that will add to your contentment and joy."


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