Plant Some Holiday Seeds (Without a Green Thumb)

Jodi Barnes

Holidays can be daunting, even without the political turmoil that's become a major trigger for anxiety, stress and yes, the not-for-prime-time family feuds. Do you pack an extra layer of armor? Arm yourself with rebuttals? Sink lower in your chair and focus on your excuse to retreat after dessert?  Maybe start more organically. As your own caretaker: 1. Focus on restoration. Get enough sleep of course, but take breaks during waking hours. Even five minutes of relative quiet with mindful breathing or meditation can make a difference in our ability to reframe stressful situations.  2. When you feel confronted or insulted, ask yourself, What good...