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Coping with the stress and tribulations of the holiday season

December 23, 2011

It is the season of comfort, kindness and joy . . . the presents may have been unwrapped, but stress, family and too much togetherness still linger. Following are some suggestions on how to cope with the season.

holiday stress Coping with Holiday Stress
Hal Barkley, Director of Counseling in SMU's Simmons School, says not to panic during the holidays — you can survive this. He offers 10 tips for staying calm(er).
family Blended Families
With divorce and remarriage “the new normal” in many American families, holidays can be a time for both happiness and struggle for children. Sarah Feuerbacher, director of SMU’s Center for Family Counseling, offers ten tips she’s learned from counseling blended families.
holiday job hunt Job Hunting During the Holidays
The holiday season is no reason for job seekers to lose their momentum. Here are five tips from SMU’s Hegi Family Career Development Center to make the most of 2011 and ring in the new year with a new job.

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