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By Vivian Manning-Schaffel

Ever notice it seems like more fights break out among friends, co-workers and family members — not to mention fellow motorists and shoppers — this time of year? All the holiday hubbub can seriously put people on edge. According to a 2015 Healthline survey, 65 percent of Gen Xers and 61 percent of millennials feel some holiday stress each year. To help calm things down, we picked the minds of a few experts for helpful tips and constructive strategies to help stave off the tense moments before they start.

Stressor: Year-end overspend

Money scored highest on the Healthline survey of biggest (and most obvious) sources of stress around the holidays. “There’s pressure around some idealized version of how much should be spent on holidays, regardless if it’s reasonable regarding income,” says Lily Brown, Ph.D, director of research at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. And if you so happen to share a bank account with a partner who doesn’t share the same ideas about how much to spend, this can cause some friction.


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