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Steve Siebold, a local mental toughness coach who is the author of “177 Mental Toughness Secrets of The World Class,” ($16.99;London House Press) and also a former professional tennis player, offers these 7 tips to help reduce the stress of the holidays and make it more enjoyable:

Slow down: Life is challenging enough as it is, and with all the extra commitments and things that have to get done this time of year, it can cause panic and chaos for even the most mentally tough people. When you find yourself moving a million miles an hour, take a step back and slow down. Instead of getting overwhelmed in everything you have to do, focus on one task at a time. Looking at one thing in front of you compared to the big picture makes it much more manageable.

Ask for help: There’s no reason you have to do everything by yourself during the holiday season. Ask for help. If you’re hosting Christmas dinner, for example, ask your spouse or children to help with the shopping, cooking, decorating, setting up the guest bedroom, taking out the trash, walking the dog, etc.

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