QUINCY, IL (WGEM) -- Twenty-five percent of people experience some kind of holiday anxiety or depression, but it doesn't have to be that way.
It's easy to become overwhelmed during the holidays, but psychologists say it's important to keep in mind that Christmas is not the holiday for perfection.
One tip is to do the holiday-related things you enjoy like shopping, baking or listening to Christmas music...to build up your sense of anticipation.
And, if you recently lost a loved one, it's good to remember that this is a time to form new memories while remembering the old ones.
Psychologists say it's ok to feel a whirlwind of emotions.
"You're supposed to feel stressed this time of year...you're supposed to feel a little anxious. You're supposed to feel all kids of feelings of anticipation and dread and excitement and all kinds of things. This is a time when our emotions really stretch out and where people can feel all kinds of parts of who they really are intended to be and don't be afraid of it," said Clinical Psychologist Dr. Frank Froman.
Psychologists say it's also easy to overspend on gifts thinking it will make the holiday better for other people. Instead make a budget to save yourself financial stress later.