Feeling Holiday Overwhelm? How a Pen, Paper & Gratitude Can Help With Stress During the Christmas Season by Amanda Hainline

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5 months ago
Feeling Holiday Overwhelm? How a Pen, Paper & Gratitude Can Help With Stress During the Christmas Season

The holidays can be overwhelming: organizing get-togethers with family and friends, choosing and buying gifts, decorating and planning to make everything special for loved ones. I have a simple “energy hack” to regain calm when you feel overwhelmed.

So often, holidays can turn out to be hectic and overwhelming rather than relaxing. Here is quick and calming exercise for when you feel like you need a break:

  1. Take a seat, close your eyes and breathe slowly.
  2. Focus on the here and now.
  3. Ask yourself: “What is something that makes me feel overwhelmed today?” Write it down.
  4. Then ask yourself: “What am I grateful for right this second?” Again, write it down.

Whenever I do this, I am amazed by the fact that many times, the thing that was making me feel overwhelmed suddenly becomes smaller and the list of all that I’m grateful for becomes so much bigger.

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This is just so helpful right now...
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
The holidays are definitely overwhelming, and emotionally overloading. Many thanks for this inspiring post, Amanda Hainline !

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