Coping with holiday stress

(CNN) -- The holiday season can be stressful...family visits, holiday parties, shopping for the perfect gift in massive crowds and the traffic.

When you stress out, you may stress eat. That's because it's harder for the body to regulate your appetite.

And the holidays are known for its already calorie-packed foods.

According to a psychologist and an emotional eating expert, our adrenal glands release cortisol, making us hungry.

Also, stress may also cause an increase in your blood pressure.

If you find yourself stressing out, here are some things that may help this holiday season:

-Sweat it out.

-Try kickboxing. Lay all your aggression and worries into that heavy bag. High-intensity exercise is linked to mood-enhancing benefits such as the body releasing a chemical called endorphins, which trigger positive feelings.

-Try yoga or meditation to relax or get outside and pound the pavement.

Fresh air is good for your health.