Health Matters

Mental Health Checklist for the Holidays

It’s worth adding a few safeguards to prevent stress.



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The holidays can be a stressful time with many family demands. Dr. James Bray, Clinical Psychologist and Chair of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department at the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine has some tips to reduce stress during your holiday season.

“Be sensitive to multiple demands. Traveling from house to house for family visits can quickly fill an appetite. Be supportive of this reality.”

“Keep a sense of humor. Laughter and a focus on having fun can overcome most challenges. Recognize that few incidents are important enough to warrant coloring an entire gathering with foul humor.”

“Holidays bring people face-to-face with problems or circumstances not normally encountered during the year. It’s worth adding a few safeguards to prevent stress from ruling the roost during the holidays.”

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