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It's easy to get caught up in the hustle-bustle of the holiday season--especially when it comes to all the things you have to get done.

But what about your loved ones? After all, the people in your life are what the holidays are all about!

Instead of obsessing over getting this present purchased or making it to that Christmas party, we all should do a better job of remembering the real reason for the season.

Here are 10 ways to help relieve the stress of those around you this time of year:

  • 1

    Listen to their troubles, without judgment

    People like to unload their problems. A non-judgmental, compassionate ear is all they’re looking for.

  • 2

    Talk with them about subjects close to their hearts

    We all like to yak about things we love, including our hobbies & interests!

  • 3

    Ask them for advice on your own problems

    Everyone likes to feel like they're needed. And many people find a therapeutic release in helping others.

  • 4

    Offer to help them with everyday tasks

    This is an easy, perfect way to relieve stress on busy moms and dads. Volunteer to help them with daily chores like picking up the kids, or help them out with their shopping.

  • 5

    Treat them to dinner

    It’s always relaxing to go out to eat and shoot the breeze.

  • 6

    Let them know how important they are to you

    Self-worth can get at all-time lows many around the holidays. Let the people you care about know how they enrich your life--I bet that winds up being one of the best gifts they get this holiday season.

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