Tips for Managing Holiday Stress: Mercy Health Launches Health and Wellness Video Series

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Tips for managing holiday stress and bringing more joy this season:

The ability to step back and reframe, refocus, redirect and relax can help ease stress and bring more enjoyment to the holiday season.

Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) – a Catholic healthcare ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky – today debuted Mercy Health: Helping You Be Well, a YouTube video series spotlighting key health issues and tips for healthy living. The videos feature Mercy Health physician experts who are committed to making lives better – mind, body and spirit.

In the first video, Dr. Donna Markham, president of the Behavioral Health Institute at Mercy Health, and Dr. Laurie Ballew, medical director of Lourdes Behavioral Health Institute in Paducah, Ky., offer tips to restore more joy during this time of holiday parties, shopping, and family get-togethers.

“We want everything to be done perfectly,” Dr. Ballew says in the video. “We expect people to behave in a certain manner, and if these expectations aren’t met, we are disappointed and become upset.”

Dr. Markham offers four tips to help restore peace to the festivities.

“The ability to step back and reframe, refocus, redirect and relax can help ease stress and bring more enjoyment to the holiday season,” Dr. Markham says. “When stress or anxieties are at their peak, it can be hard to stay calm, but taking a moment to breathe deeply can make all the difference.”

The video series appears on An infographic with the four tips is available at

About Mercy Health

Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) is the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest health systems in the United States, employing more than 32,000 employees in Ohio and Kentucky. With $6 billion in assets, Mercy Health operates more than 250 health facilities, including 23 hospitals, eight senior living communities, five hospice programs and seven home health agencies. Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) consistently rates Mercy Health among the nation’s top health systems for clinical quality and efficiency. In keeping with its mission, Mercy Health provided $374.7 million in community benefit services in 2013. Mercy Health’s bonds are rated AA- by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch, and A1 by Moody’s. Mercy Health also partners with HealthSpan which provides health maintenance organization and insurance coverage. Mercy Health is a founding member of Health Innovations Ohio, which focuses on providing health services that result in higher quality, better health and greater value. For more information, visit or connect with Mercy Health on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter (@LivingMercyHlth).


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