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Tips to be Merry and Calm Over A Family Christmas Dinner

December 21, 2010 10:56 AM

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Feeling fraught at the prospect of the family get-together at Christmas? A new e-newsletter is offering basic tips about how to remain merry and calm over the holiday.

“Steps forward” has been launched by STEPS, the primary care mental health team for south east Glasgow, and the plan is produce the newsletter on a quarterly basis and encourage as many organisations in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area to sign up to it.

It’s the brainchild of Consultant Clinical Psychologist and STEPS’ Team leader Jim White, who explained:

“We hope that both public and private sector organisations will sign up for the newsletter and allow it to be posted to each employee’s inbox.

“Each edition will contain information will look at a common mental health problem and ways of dealing with them.

“Our launch edition is looking at anger, especially the possibility of those all-too-common family rows over the Christmas dinner table.”

People can take a number of approaches to getting their anger under control such as by trying not to take things to heart, relaxing body muscles which leads to a reduction in tension and so less anger, and learning how to stay calm and in control.

Jim added: “Anger is perfectly normal, just like all of our other emotions such as happiness and sadness, but if we feel we are getting angry all of the time and upsetting other people, then it might be time to think about.”

Later editions will look at topics such as panic, poor sleep, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and self-confidence.

For more information about anger and how to deal with it, log onto

For more information contact either NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

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