Strategies for Managing Holiday Stress – Shrinking It Down

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Topics: Healthy Living, Stress

Families have felt tremendous stress over the past two years due to the pandemic. Still, for many, this is a special time of year that we fantasize about and look forward to, so it’s not healthy to go into the holiday season and the school winter break at this heightened state of stress and duress.

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Perhaps you’re anxious about spending time with loved ones in a safe way, or you’ve been fighting about house rules with your college student who is home from school. This time of year may be challenging for you because it awakens traumas from your past. Or maybe you just want to give your child the emotional break and fun they need, but it’s so hard to do that when you can’t unwind, yourself.

Today, Gene and Khadijah share strategies to help you feel less overwhelmed this season, and wind down a bit leading up to the new year. Plus, they share some of the favorite songs they’ve been sharing with each other. Take a moment to tune in so you can draw more joy from the season. You deserve it!

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Episode produced by Sara Rattigan

Music by Gene Beresin

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Khadijah Booth Watkins

Khadijah Booth Watkins, Associate Director

Khadijah Booth Watkins, MD, MPH, is associate director of the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the Associate Director of the Child and...

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Gene Beresin

Gene Beresin, Executive Director

Gene Beresin, MD, MA is executive director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and a staff child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also...

To learn more about Gene, or to contact him directly, please see Our Team.