The holidays are a time thatcan be filled with excitement, good food, good friends, family, and laughter; It can also be a time that can be a great source of stress and worry. Whether it’s pertaining to long travel commutes, spending time with people you may struggle with emotionally, introducing a new partner to your family, or trying to be conscious about not overeating pumpkin pie, there are many potential anxiety-inducing situations during the holiday season. That’s where the importance of self-care comes into play.

I often like to refer clients to utilizing tools in their metaphorical toolbox for various situations that may present themselves in the outside world. Developing some type of daily practice implementing soothing strategies is a way to navigate these difficult times. Some examples of self-care could be going for a walk, talking a few deep breaths, slipping away for a salt bath, listening to music While each person will have different self-care practices, the goal is similar: to feel calm.