Is Holiday Stress Inevitable?

Dr. Deitra Hickey discusses the stressors that often accompany the holiday season. She offers suggestions on how to bring the joy back into the holiday season and avoid overwhelming holiday stress.
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About Dr. Deitra Hickey, PhD


Dr. Deitra HickeyDr. Deitra Hickey PhD., was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She has utilized her life experiences to develop a passion to help others find their balance and honor themselves through physical, mental, and emotional wellness.

Deitra developed a strong will and resilience at a young age by taking care of two paralyzed parents after witnessing both of them being shot. She then cared for her mother who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis until she passed away at only 48. Deitra is a transparent individual that will admit she had struggled as a teenager with consistent doubt, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She made the decision early on not to accept these facets of her outlook and learned how to take control of her life. Deitra has dedicated her life to assisting others to find positive perspective and happiness. She encourages the importance of capitalizing on life’s challenges to strengthen and empower versus using adversity as a crutch.

In addition, Dr. Hickey proudly teaches the community about the positive effects of holistic treatments that not only pamper the deserving individual but also aid in overall health, wellness and stress reduction.

Dr. Hickey worked for Toledo Public for 17 years as a teacher, school counselor, and a school principal. She taught PhD students at the University of Toledo prior to opening her business, Serenity Health & Wellness Center. Dr. Hickey is a proud Toledian and enjoys bringing her experience, education, and dedication to make a lasting impression and difference in others’ lives.

Watch Dr. Hickey’s episodes of Serenity Now: A Health and Wellness Perspective.

  1. Spot on once again Dr Hickey…managing holiday stress can be challenging, but as you mentioned, we know it’s coming, it’s predictable, so we can take steps to be prepared. Figuring out what stresses us out most and managing and prioritizing is good advice, and love your ideas of coming up with alternatives.

  2. Detira, thank your for reminding us of what lies ahead of us during the holiday season. You’re right, this time of year can be overwhelming to our time, energy and financial resources. Proactively managing holiday stress is prudent advice and a great message….we are / should be in control. Another awesome episode. I look forward to your next Toledo Biz TV show. Happy holidays!

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