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Mental Health Expert offers advice for navigating holiday stress


The holiday season can be a time of joy and happiness for some while inducing stress and anxiety for others.

Burrell Behavioral Health's Director of Outpatient Services Ashley Angerer-Blunt offers some advice on how to navigate the holiday season.

"Holiday seasons can be really stressful," said Angerer-Blunt, "there are a lot of different stressors like seeing your family for the first time."

Angerer-Blunt said holiday stress can be induced by a number of things including the loss of a family member, or job, or the financial burden that comes with the holiday season.

"One of the things we like to talk about is setting up a self-care game plan," Angere-Blunt said.

These self-care game plans can include.

  • Make sure you are getting enough sleep.
  • Eating a balanced diet.
  • Reaching out to close friends and family.
  • Keeping up with your physical health.

Angerer-Blunt said granting yourself grace is important as well.

"It's a hard time of the year, so cutting yourself some slack and being able to connect to those things that really give you joy," said Angerer-Blunt.

Setting boundaries is another piece of advice Angerer-Blunt encourages.

"It's okay to say no, it's okay to go to events and leave early," said Angerer-Blunt, "knowing what you are comfortable with is really really important."

Burrell Behavioral Health offers a number of mental health services including an Emergency Crisis Center.

Located at 1805 E. Walnut, Columbia, Missouri 65201.

Burrell also offers a 24-hours Crisis Hotline.

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Marina Diaz

Marina is a Multimedia Journalist for ABC 17 News, she is originally from Denver, Colorado. She went to Missouri Valley College where she played lacrosse and basketball, and anchored her school’s newscast.


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