And as wonderful as that may be, it can be a trying time for many, for lots of reasons: old conflicts coming up, painful emotional patterns, people criticizing you, lots of people coming together to make for stressful chaos, loss of control of your daily routine, party planning and preparations adding stress, and more.
How do you deal with this?
We may ask ourselves how to deal with the emotional difficulties/potential conflict of joining family at the holidays and keeping our energy sustained and positive, without ‘faking it’.
Here’s a good suggestion: use family gatherings for mindfulness training. read more