Dealing with holiday stress can mean happier memories

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YAKIMA, Wash.--With Christmas around the corner, many are feeling the pressures that come with the holiday.

It's a busy time for many of us. Last minute shopping, waiting for family to arrive and getting holiday meals prepped.

With all these events within the Christmas holiday itself, stress can pile on from trying to make everything perfect.

Kathy Lanthorn is a local therapist who says striving for satisfaction is a much healthier option.

"That everybody is happy enough and the food is good enough and there's enough food. Probably that's going to be the best thing you can do for yourself," said Lanthorn.

It's also easy to lose sight of enjoying the moments the holidays bring.

Staying in the present and being mindful of that is very important to keeping a positive mentality.

"Enjoy your child's experience of unwrapping a gift. Enjoy being in the room. Don't be so preoccupied with having it be perfect that you don't enjoy any of it," said Lanthorn.

Having a healthy diet during the holidays is also crucial.

Dianely Acevedo recommends staying away from starches and focusing on vegetables and proteins.

She says one trick can also help prevent extra pounds put on from the Christmas meal.

"Enjoy every bite of your food. Enjoy the flavor, the texture of the food so that you know when you get full," said Acevedo.

That tip along with learning how to have restraint will ensure you a great time with family and friends.

"Don't say yes to everything. Give yourself permission to not be all things to all people at this time," said Lanthorn.

And for those preparing the big Christmas feast, experts say try chewing gum to avoid snacking and unwanted weight gains.

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