Managing Holiday Stress

For many parents, the holiday season can bring about an increased sense of family responsibility and additional feelings of stress. Advertisements about the joys of the season can seem lost on us as we try to do even more than usual. It's easy to feel overwhelmed. Instead of turning to unhealthy stress management behaviors such as overindulging in eating or drinking, the American Psychological Association suggests the following tips: During the holidays, reconnect with the positive people in your life, volunteer to help others, talk to your kids about your family traditions as well as others', set realistic expectations for gifts and activities, keep things in perspective, and keep your mind and body healthy with fun, enjoyable, and relaxing activities for you and your family. For more information, visit www.apa.org/helpcenter.

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Asia Hodgeman Asia has been with the company since 2010 and is currently the location manager for our Cool Springs clinic. In addition, Asia manages all social media platforms for both of our locations. She spends her spare time volunteering as an advocate with Imerman Angels, a support group for people who have been diagnosed with cancer. As a cancer survivor herself, she understands the importance of mentoring others with their diagnosis. She loves spending time with her husband and two boys, going to the beach, arts and crafts, and cooking.

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