Study: Unplugging helps decompress from holiday stress

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By KYW Newsradio 1060

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Good news: you've made it through the holiday season. 

There is no doubt that the holidays can be a wonderful time for family and a period of celebration. But even in the best situations, it can be stressful. 

So what is the best way to decompress? 

A new study finds that turning off electronics and taking a break from social media might be what you need. Exercise and picking up a book, or (if you promise to avoid the internet) reading a downloaded book on an electronic device can help slow things down. 

Essentially, look at ways to simplify and avoid excess stimulation. It makes sense—but it is getting harder and harder for many to achieve.

Nevertheless, it could be worth a try.