(BPT) - For most, the joy of holiday festivities is intertwined with the stress of packed schedules, flight delays, last-minute gift shopping, or the daunting task of hosting friends and family for a holiday meal. Stress and anxiety can turn what should be an opportunity to spend quality time in the company of loved ones into stressful situations. Many of the stressors that plague us during the holiday season can be handled or eliminated altogether if dealt with proactively. To help alleviate some of this holiday season’s strain, clinical staff across the country have provided some tips on how to combat stress and keep you in the holiday spirit.