Carolyn McManus, PT, MS, MA


Physical Therapist

Carolyn McManus, PT, MS, MA holds Master’s degrees in physical therapy and psychology. She is an author and national speaker on the topics of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and chronic pain management. On staff in the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Swedish Medical Center, she teaches mindfulness and relaxation to people with chronic and stress related medical conditions. She is a consultant to the VA Heath Services and instructor for their mindfulness meditation program for veterans. Additional information can be found at her website

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Reduce Your Holiday Stress

December 05, 2011

The holiday season generally puts increased demands on everyone. How do you have less stress and more fun during the holidays? Here are 8 ways to reduce your stress this holiday season.

1. Make the holidays about presence not presents. Avoid getting caught in the message that expensive gifts are a sign of love. Remember, your undivided attention and caring presence is your greatest gift to your loved ones. Create a memorable holiday by spending time with the people you care about. Never underestimate or diminish the lasting gift of your heart’s love.

2. Define what is important to you this holiday season. Unrealistic and high expectations promoted by advertisers can undermine the possibilities for happiness during the holidays. Your relationships, parties, dinners and gifts may never measure up to the perfection portrayed by the media. So, be realistic and make your holidays uniquely your own. Identify what you truly value during the holidays an...