- Bring snacks of items you enjoy eating while visiting loved ones.
- Try and keep expectations realistic.
- Try your best to be mindful, and in the present moment.
- Be grateful: What are you grateful for? Try writing out three things you are grateful for at the end or the beginning of your day.
- Prioritize sleep: Regulating our moods is easier when we have 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
- Set boundaries: For example, certain topics you won’t discuss — such as your health — or maybe just saying ‘no’ can be helpful during holiday focused events.
- Mantras/self talk: Try saying:
Not everything will go the way I would like, but I’m flexible to change and adjustment.
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