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Dealing With Family Stress

by Sue Hubbard, M.D.

With all of the chaos going on in our world, it seems that every patient or patient’s parent is feeling a lot of stress right now. The most interesting thing is that children are quite intuitive and pick up on the stress around them, from parents and teachers to friends, and even from the background conversations playing on radio and TV.

It certainly seems that it is quite difficult to get away from all of this right now. For school age children (grades one – 12), and even the college set, the end of the school year is around the corner with final exams looming too. It is just a tough month.

From headaches to stomach aches, and sleeplessness to fatigue and anxiety, these symptoms may all be a manifestation of stress.

The best way to help stress is to acknowledge it and then figure out how to face it in a healthy manner.  Deep breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, and even listening to your favorite music are all good ways to relax and unwind.

A good way to de-stress as a family?  No TV after dinner. Take a walk together! Spring time weather is certainly perfect for that. This is the perfect time to get those endorphins flowing with positive energy, and exercise is a great way to do that.  Put the cellphone away (you and your kids) no distractions because you may miss something!

A walk with your family is free, and you might be amazed how much better everyone feels at the end of their day.

That’s your daily dose, we’ll chat tomorrow.

How do you deal with stress? Let me know…would love to share your success story (so click here)!

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