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Tips On Reducing Anxiety Around The Holidays From Stuart’s Dr. Jerry True

Q: Do you have any suggestions for reducing anxiety around the holidays?

A: Holidays can be stressful for many people because of the influences that are seemingly out of one's control—whether it's getting everything ready for guests, pleasing your relatives and in-laws or staying within a budget. Holidays can place overwhelming demands and pressure on the majority of households in America.

Here are some tips for reducing stress around the holidays:

1. Create a list of expectations, needs and wants. Be realistic in your goals and your budget.

2. Don't over plan. Start a checklist of things to do weeks before the holiday.

3. Don't try to do it all yourself. Ask for help and share the responsibilities.

4. Make the day about the gathering of friends and families; not the failures and disappointments.

5. If you are alone, find other people or friends who will truly appreciate your presence.

6. Slow down and enjoy the moment. Make it a goal to be happy.

If these methods don't do the trick, we treat anxiety and mild depression with a new therapy called “Vibroacoustic Therapy.” Our clinic has the Satori Chair sound therapy system by Theracoustic. This revolutionary sound therapy system calms the mind and produces a state of deep relaxation. Through repeated use, this therapy system allows neural pathways to be modified, promoting lifelong behavior changes.

Stay healthy!

Dr. Jerry True

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