3 Ways to Fight Holiday Stress

Holiday stress plagues many Americans every year. Top holiday stressors include staying on a budget, managing multiple commitments and finding the perfect gift. Use these three tips to help keep holiday stress at bay this year.

  1. Create your budget now. If you’re stressed about how your holiday spending will impact you after the holidays are over, you’re not alone. Remember, the sentiment of a gift is much more important than the cost. Set a realistic budget and do not go over it.
  2. Shop early. Sometimes, you can get great deals on presents even before the holiday season hits. Moreover, you can avoid the scenario of not being able to get the gift you want because it’s sold out.
  3. Don’t overcommit yourself. Are you planning on hosting a holiday dinner? Are there any holiday parties you have to attend? Do you have to pick up loved ones from the airport? Making a list of your commitments will help you plan your time and help you avoid double-booking yourself.

Don’t let stress get in the way of you enjoying your holiday season.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Total Calories 240
Total Fat 7 g
Protein 8 g
Carbohydrates 35 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Sodium 340 mg
Total Sugars 4 g

Source: USDA

Crunchy Potato Casserole


  • 2 cups corn flakes (crushed)
  • 2 pounds potatoes (peeled, grated)
  • ¼ cup butter (melted)
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 10-ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • ¾ cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese (shredded)


  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine potatoes, butter and black pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Add onion, soup, sour cream and cheese. Mix well.
  4. Pour mixture into a 13-by-9-inch baking dish and sprinkle with corn flake crumbs.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes.

Makes: 8 servings

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