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  • Writer's pictureSarah Carlson

How to Enjoy the Holidays After a Stressful Year

With 2022 having been a stressful year for many, it can be hard to focus on the present moment when gathering with friends and family around the holidays. But this is exactly what we should strive for.

Taking time to be in the moment, and connecting with those closest to us, is essential. Here are some tips for how you can fully enjoy your time together during the holiday season.

Focus on Mindful Conversations

Conversations around the holidays tend to follow a similar pattern:

  • Asking how people have been doing over the past year

  • What they’ve been up to since last time you saw each other

But why not try something different?

Make an effort to have mindful conversations where you ask questions about meaningful topics such as hopes and dreams for 2023 or what has brought people joy during these uncertain times. Not only will this be enjoyable but it will also allow you to get closer and connect with each other on a deeper level.

Create New Traditions and Activities

The holiday season often brings memories of past years, including traditions and activities that were started long ago. Although it’s nice to keep up old favorites, it can also help to create new traditions or activities that everyone can participate in together.

Brainstorm different activities you could do together as a family or with friends in order to create fun memories that will last long after the holidays are over. Perhaps you can start a new tradition where each person shares something they are thankful for during dinner. Get creative and see what kind of fun traditions you can come up with.

Be Present

Technology helps us stay connected even when we are miles apart, but don’t let it distract you from being present in the moment when spending time with your loved ones. Step away from all screens and give your undivided attention to those close by—whether it be through conversation or simply being together without saying anything at all.

Being present allows us to really appreciate our relationships and take pleasure in every moment shared together. These are memories that will last a lifetime.


After having such a difficult year, taking time out of our day-to-day lives is so important for our mental health—especially when we get to spend quality time with friends and family over the holidays! Making sure we remain present while enjoying our gatherings will make them more special than ever before.

So this holiday season, make an effort to create new traditions, have meaningful conversations with those around you, and most importantly, take pleasure in every moment spent together by unplugging from technology and focusing on presence!

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