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Thursday, December 21, 2006

I Wanna Hold Your Hand

It’s the season for stress -– last-minute gifts to buy, rowdy kids to corral, out-of-town in-laws to entertain. One researcher has found that women who feel stressed get relief just by holding their husbands’ hands. The study by University of Virginia neuroscientist James Coan, “Lending a Hand: Social Regulation of the Neural Response to Threat” is published in the December 2006 issue of the journal Psychological Science.

For other practical tips, check out "Stress, Depression and the Holidays: 12 Tips for Coping" or "Holiday Depression and Stress". Advice includes: be realistic, do something for someone else, try something new, and save time for yourself.

What stress-busters get you through the season?

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