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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Helping Employees Deal With 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 in full swing. For many people, a lot of added stress accompanies the joy of celebrating with friends and family. Employers can help their people deal with this added stress and maintain a positive, productive attitude in the workplace.

Stress in today’s fast-paced world is unavoidable, but it is manageable. Here are a few tips for dealing with stress from the Centers for Disease Control.

  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Get plenty of sleep. Try to exercise regularly, and avoid using alcohol or drugs as a stress-reliever.
  • This is a great time of year to reach out and help a co-worker or a neighbor, or volunteer for a community service project.
  • Connect socially. Make an effort to spend time with friends and family, or attend community and religious events where you can interact with others.

This is the time of year when it’s make-or-break for many businesses, and employees know that. Rather than adding to the stress, we as business leaders can help our employees maintain a positive perspective in the frenzied, retail-focused atmosphere of the holiday season.

I encourage you to share these stress-management tips with your employees and co-workers. Reach out, and help someone enjoy 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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