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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Simple Steps Can Help Relieve Holiday Stress

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

The holiday season is a time for celebrating with family, friends and co-workers. For many people, the holidays are also a time of added stress. Stress is unavoidable, but it is manageable. There are a few simple steps we can take to help people deal with this added stress and maintain a positive, productive attitude in the workplace.

The Centers for Disease Control has these tips for dealing with stress:

  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
  • Try to exercise regularly, and avoid using alcohol or drugs as a stress-reliever.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Research has shown that people with strong personal social connections have the highest well-being. Make an effort to spend time with friends and family, or attend community and religious events where you can interact with others.
  • Volunteer for a community service project or reach out and help a co-worker or a neighbor.

Simple activities done each day can help us manage stress and improve well-being. Texas Health has an online tool that can help you and your employees engage in one easy, healthy activity each day. It’s called the “Daily Challenge.” Visit, and click on the tab labeled “Daily Challenge.”

I encourage you to share these stress-management tips with your employees and co-workers. Don’t let stress get the upper hand this wonderful time of the year.

For our faith-based health system — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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