With the holiday season quickly approaching, people are looking forward to spending quality time with family or taking a few days off from work. While the holiday season can be a fun and joyous time, it can also be very stressful. The combined effort of shopping, attending social events, and entertaining guests can quickly become too much to handle. A poll by the American Psychological Association shows that 8 out of 10 people anticipate increased stress over the holidays. Setting aside time for yourself is a great way to cope with stress during the holidays. With so much happening, it’s important to make time for yourself so you can take a breather and clear your mind, which could mean a brief walk or just relaxing listening to music. If you are having difficulty coping with daily struggles or know someone who is and would like to receive professional services from a Catholic Charities’ counselor, please call 1-800-772-2758.