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- Plan: What challenges with family befuddle you the most over the holidays? With those things in mind, might the be ways to strategize a new way to approach these challenges? If your family argues a lot, maybe try to understand their viewpoint more in depth instead of arguing your own.
- Take time to yourself. Take a walk. Go on a run. The holidays are a great time to start making changes for the new year.
- Journal – write on your phone, in a draft email to yourself, in a journaling app, or in a google doc some of your thoughts. Capture your day and record your high, low, and how to potentially approach those tough issues or thoughts in a new way.
- Slow down and remember what matters most. That can be as simple taking a walk with your mom or dad and watching in a sunset. For others this might be reflecting on old times/pictures with a family member.
- Try something new over the holidays. This may mean doing something you have never done like a Christmas Day race, cooking something new, or picking a new book to read in the next couple of weeks.
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