The holidays can be exhausting and overwhelming, and it’s easy to feel like you’re getting buried under responsibilities. It’s also common to feel added tension due to potential family conflict that may arise with complicated extended family dynamics. When you begin feeling overwhelmed and notice the pressure and tension that often goes hand in hand with the holiday season, take pause and redirect your perspective to a place of joy and gratitude.

When you slow down and take a step back, you can reframe your perspective to focus on the moments of joy and gratitude present during the holidays. There are often many people and/or things in our lives that bring us happiness and thankfulness, and it’s up to us to make the conscious choice and effort to recognize these people and things during the chaos of the holidays. 

The next time you begin feeling overwhelmed and stressed this holiday season, we encourage you to pause, take some deep, calming breaths, and notice one thing you are grateful for in that moment. 

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