This article, entitled MU Expert Offers Tips to Reduce Families’ Holiday Stress comes from the University of Missouri News Bureau.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Hundreds of dollars in spending and calendars overloaded with extra events and commitments can turn the holiday season from merry to miserable for many Americans. A University of Missouri Extension specialist offers tips to help families reduce stress during the holiday season.
Lucy Schrader is the coordinator for the MU Extension Building Strong Families Program, which helps families build on their strengths to improve their relationships. More than 22,000 adults and nearly 6,000 youth in 11 states have participated in the program.
“Families are dynamic and they aren’t perfect,” Schrader said. “The holidays are a high-stress time due to more obligations on the calendar, the blending of cultures or families who may not get along, overwhelming financial stress, and high expectations for traditions.”
Schrader says families should practice communication techniques before the holiday season gets busier.
“Small things can make a big difference, and playing games together can be one way to find that quality time,” she said. “By playing games together, family members get to know each other better, talk, laugh and be silly.”
Schrader suggests the following tips to help families manage stress during the holiday season: