The holidays can be the most stressful time of year for a lot of people.

But it doesn't have to be.

This December, instead of succumbing to the pressure of the holiday hustle, slow down and be more mindful of the moment. After all, this time of the year is supposed to be the happiest--so take a deep breath and try to be more mindful of the reason for the season!

Here are 10 ways I do just that during the holidays:

  • 1

    Surf eBay

    I'm a collector, so, naturally, perusing items to add to my collections is a natural stress reliever for me. Give it a try, or use the same application on something you enjoy.

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  • 2

    Read A Famous Person's Biography

    Who doesn't love good gossip? It's always fun to learn behind-the-scenes details and stories about celebrities. I can find myself getting lost in these kinds of books--it's a great way to escape from the hustle-bustle of the 9-to-5 routine.

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  • 3

    Watch Classic TV/Movies

    Quick--think of a handful of the happiest memories you have. Chances are you just looked back on your childhood. For many of us, our youth produced some of our fondest memories.

    That's why I like to watch old TV shows and movies. It's like stepping into a time machine and going back to a simpler time. Talk about de-stressing!

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  • 4

    Get Coffee With A Friend

    Everyone has that one special friend who's able to make them feel a whole lot better. So this holiday season, don't forget that the reason this time of year is so special is because it's about the people we hold dear.

    Go grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate with that friend. Rehash some of your favorite times together. Catch up. Kick back and laugh together. Is there really any better medicine?

  • 5

    Make Good Use Of That All-Caps Button

    I know it's a social faux pas, but there's something therapeutic about typing in All-Caps. Sometimes I hop on Facebook and message someone in All-Caps to blow off some steam. I know it sounds silly, but you might be surprised at how relieving it can be!