Keeping It Cool—Together: 6 Ways To Relieve Stress As A Family

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Raising a family when a child has a chronic health issue like a heart condition can be stressful. And sometimes—despite a person’s best intentions—that stress can spread from one family member to the next.

When tensions are running high, people might feel disconnected from each other. But working together to reduce family stress can bring everyone back together—and perhaps even closer than before. 

When your family is feeling uptight, on edge, or burned out, here are 6 ways to relieve stress together.


Sean Akers

Hi, I’m Dr. Sean Akers, and I’m a Licensed Clinical Pediatric Psychologist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I serve as the primary psychologist for the heart transplant team as well as the coordinator of the Consult Liaison Service. My job is to provide heart kids and their families with support throughout their journey.

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