Jackson doctor gives advice to reduce holiday stress

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JACKSON, Tenn. — The holidays are a time for relatives, shopping and food, which doctors said can lead to high stress levels. Dr. Peter Gardner with Physicians Quality Care in Jackson said there’s a lot of ways to beat that stress. He recommends a good night’s sleep, regular exercise, a low-fat diet and effective time management skills when making holiday plans. “Don’t over schedule,” Gardner said. “We find that to be a constant problem. People’s anxiety levels goes through the roof because they just have too many things to do.” He said when approaching a level of extreme stress in a situation, step back, take a deep breath and plan your next step.

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