How to avoid holiday family stress

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RAPID CITY, S.D (KOTA-TV) With the holidays upon us, some of those uncomfortable topics many might face at the dinner table may cause some unwanted table tension.

Dr. Sternhagen with Scovel Psychology suggests using a memory method called BEAR.

The B stands for boundary. There is sometimes a path you should never go down; especially if you know it is a tough subject for some.

The E is for expectations; which means you will need to keep your expectations reasonable and positive.

The A in BEAR stands for activity. Dr. Sternhagen suggests once you feel stressed, to go for a walk after the meal or do any other structured activity.

Finally R, stands for ritual. Sternhagen suggests having each person in the family do some sort of ritual; whether it's carrying around a journal or doing a religious activity.