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Fort Bend County Libraries Holding Programs on Managing Holiday Stress

(FORT BEND COUNTY) – Fort Bend County Libraries will hold programs in December on managing holiday stress.

Licensed professional counselor Deanna Diamond will discuss the common triggers for anxiety and depression with which many people struggle during the holidays. She will share practical coping tools to help individuals modify their thoughts and manage their emotions when faced with stressful situations that may arise during the holidays, such as balancing financial limits with others’ expectations, coping with the increasing unpredictability of travel, losing privacy and personal space as a guest in someone else’s home, navigating the stress of “plus one” functions, or dealing with uncomfortable familial situations. Diamond will also share some brief behavioral techniques that can be used to redirect and change one’s outlook quickly when feeling overwhelmed by others’ enthusiasm for the season.

The programs include:

“Practical Skills for Navigating Social Anxiety During the Holiday Season” – Saturday, Dec. 3, 2 -3 p.m., Meeting Room, Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

“Adult Coloring Book Coloring” -- Sienna Branch Library, 84111 Sienna Springs Blvd, Missouri City, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 10:30 a.m.-noon. De-stress from the hectic holidays by relaxing with an adult coloring activity. Materials will be provided.

“Active Adult Series: Relax, Refresh, & Reset” -- Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway, Friday, Dec. 30, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Meeting Room. Discover different things one can do to make the holiday season less stressful and more enjoyable. Learn about techniques for unwinding, such as progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing. Seating is limited and registration is required.

The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, or to register for the program at the Missouri City Branch, visit Fort Bend County Libraries’ website,


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