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Originally published November 23, 2011 at 7:02 PM | Page modified November 24, 2011 at 9:35 AM

10 tips to avoid holiday stress

This holiday season should be full of joy, friendship, appreciation and all those other things that make us human. Yet, it also often ramps up expectations and stress. Here's a list, gleaned from various experts and sources, to help you stay smiling.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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This holiday season should be full of joy, friendship, appreciation and all those other things that make us human. Yet, it also often ramps up expectations and stress.

Here's a list, gleaned from various experts and sources, to help you stay smiling.

1. Do something for yourself. Drop in on a yoga class or get a massage to reset your body and mind.

2. Do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return.

3. Go for a stroll — and breathe.

4. Get the heart rate up with vigorous exercise for a zing of well-being.

5. Eat better and go easy on the alcohol.

6. Get organized and make a list before you hit the mall.

7. Don't hurry. Holiday travel is always a slog, so just go with the flow.

8. Even for a moment here and there, view the season from a kid's angle.

9. It's OK to say no once in awhile.

10. Judge less. Accept more.

Fit & Fun is a weekly notice about active recreational opportunities in the Greater Seattle area. To suggest a future item, contact Richard Seven: rseven@seattletimes.com.

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