The holidays bring with them joy, cheer and stress. The pressure that comes with planning, preparing and even enjoying holiday festivities can take all the happiness out of them.

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Holiday stress isn’t inevitable, though. Here are a few simple strategies for handling and reducing it:

If you need personal support, remember that every UC location has a faculty and staff (or employee) assistance program that offers free, confidential resources for emotional health. Counseling resources are often available at your location, with easy access to short-term counseling, assessment and referral. Or you can seek help through your health plan — UC’s medical coverage includes behavioral health benefits for sessions with counselors, psychologists or psychiatrists.

Take advantage of these tips and resources to help bring the joy and cheer back to your holidays with less of the stress.