In Part 1 of this blog series on how to avoid Holiday Stress, we discussed how prevalent and harmful this situation has become for many, and some ways to relieve that stress in order to avoid the negative effects on our bodies. Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related and eighty percent of serious illnesses may be exacerbated or linked to stress. Stress-related complications and symptoms can range from weight gain, insomnia, skin problems and hair loss, to headaches, memory loss, poor digestion, high blood pressure, and back/body pain. Prolonged exposure to stress and anxiety can even lead to other more severe conditions such as heart.