Preventing Holiday Anxiety and stress in youngsters


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To minimize anxiety in children during the holidays, take steps to handle your own stress and anxiety. Set Up Conditions for Good Behavior. Avoid taking your child to places such as the mall or holiday gatherings when he is hungry or tired. Don’t neglect nutrition.

It’s fun to indulge in sweets and extra desserts during the holiday season, but excess sugar and caffeine can trigger increased anxiety. Focus on healthy eating for. behavior and are more likely to experience holiday stress when theyʼre exhausted or hungry.

3. Remember the importance of routines. The holidays can throw a big wrench into household routines, and that can play a role in anxiety in children. To minimize holiday stress in your kids, try to get routines back on track once an event or party is over. To reduce holiday stress, you have to pace yourself. Long before the family gatherings actually happen, decide on some limits and stick to them.

Stay one or two nights at your parents’ house. As a caregiver, you’re more likely to experience symptoms of depression or anxiety. In addition, you may not get enough sleep or physical activity, or eat a balanced diet — which increases your risk of medical problems, such as heart disease and diabetes. It’s better to desensitize your child to triggers of anxiety by taking small steps. Try looking at pictures of different breeds online and talking about what feelings they trigger.

Next, watch dogs at play at a dog park from a safe distance. Finally, ask to visit with a calm, older dog of a friend or a therapy dog. For some adults and children alike, the holidays can unfortunately create an increased amount of stress, making it the least enjoyable time of year. With adults, a heightened level of stress is expected and considered common throughout these last two months when schedules are tighter than normal, calendars are overflowing with commitments and.

The following tips can help prevent stress, anxiety, and mild depression associated with the holiday season: Make realistic expectations for the holiday season. Set realistic goals for yourself. While we can’t prevent traumatic events from happening, we can prevent anxiety and stress from taking over. Here are some ways to help prevent anxiety.

It is an unfortunate but very real fact that stress and anxiety in children is a common problem in today’s fast-paced, high-tech, activity-packed society. If your child is experiencing stress and anxiety, try these simple but effective ways to help her manage her fear, worry, and upset.

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By planning ahead, keeping an open dialogue with your child, validating his or her feelings and, most importantly, by focusing on family and fun rather than on food, your entire family will enjoy each holiday.

“Keto Kid: Helping Your Child Succeed on the Ketogenic Diet” by Deborah Ann Snyder, DO
from Keto Kid: Helping Your Child Succeed on the Ketogenic Diet
by Deborah Ann Snyder, DO
Springer Publishing Company, 2006

“It is quite typical for children, especially those under six, to experience anxiety before a parent leaves for the day or for a more extended trip,” says Karen Friedland­Brown, a parent educator at Jewish Family and Children’s Services.

“Getting to 50/50: How Working Parents Can Have It All” by Sharon Meers, Joanna Strober
from Getting to 50/50: How Working Parents Can Have It All
by Sharon Meers, Joanna Strober
Viva Editions, 2013

Children may be invited to set aside 15 minutes each day and actively engage in worrying during that period under the supervision of their parents to help them gain control of the worrying process (and this may go some way to alleviate type 2 worry).

“The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology: A Contextual Approach” by Alan Carr
from The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology: A Contextual Approach
by Alan Carr
Taylor & Francis, 2015

Following regular daily routines (as much as possible) helps let children know that despite the illness, there is stability and thus security.

“Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of General Hospital Psychiatry E-Book” by Theodore A. Stern, Gregory L. Fricchione, Jerrold F. Rosenbaum
from Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of General Hospital Psychiatry E-Book
by Theodore A. Stern, Gregory L. Fricchione, Jerrold F. Rosenbaum
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010

Anything the parent can do to alleviate the child’s anxiety, such as reassuring him or her that the parent will be okay and continuing the child’s normal routine (e.g., normal bedtimes, snacks, play times), will help the child to feel secure.

“Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing for Canadian Practice” by Wendy Austin, Mary Ann Boyd
from Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing for Canadian Practice
by Wendy Austin, Mary Ann Boyd
Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010

It might be helpful to encourage children with GAD who have sleeprelated worries to follow the “Worry Box” strategies, and to talk to their parent about these worries at an agreed-upon time—“Worry Time” (see Chapter 4)—to promote independence in dealing with their worries and a sense of control over them.

“Parent-Led CBT for Child Anxiety: Helping Parents Help Their Kids” by Cathy Creswell, Monika Parkinson, Kerstin Thirlwall, Lucy Willetts, Michael A. Southam-Gerow
from Parent-Led CBT for Child Anxiety: Helping Parents Help Their Kids
by Cathy Creswell, Monika Parkinson, et. al.
Guilford Publications, 2019

Parents can minimize this by alerting visitors to the toddler’s needs, having small presents on hand for the toddler, and including the child in the visit as much as possible.

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by Marilyn J. Hockenberry, David Wilson, et. al.
Mosby/Elsevier, 2013

Make up several stories of other children who have anxiety and ask your child to come up with ideas for how those children could learn to cope better.

“Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents” by Ronald Rapee, Ann Wignall, Susan Spence, Heidi Lyneham, Vanessa Cobham
from Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents
by Ronald Rapee, Ann Wignall, et. al.
New Harbinger Publications, 2008

Teach child relaxation techniques to reduce anxiety and stress.

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by Diane M. Billings
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008

By reducing these anxieties and managing them better, there will be more good days, children will develop more strategies themselves, and will be better prepared for their adult life.

“Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome in Children: A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals” by Margaret Duncan, Zara Healy, Ruth Fidler, Phil Christie
from Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome in Children: A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals
by Margaret Duncan, Zara Healy, et. al.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2011

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  • just an FYI, (presumably) all of your descriptions link to 404 pages on your website.
    or, How-to-URL: “capitalisation matters”.
    also: always check your links before posting..

  • Another great video. I am a huge fan of writing things down and creating to do lists. It gives me such satisfaction when I am able to cross something off my list and mark it as done!

  • K A T I E I love this…Im making a video to help those that are chronically ill and tips for the holidays and I HAVE to share this video with them as well. Your like an open book and I love that 😉 xx

  • These tips are fantastic. eg Save time for selfcare is very important. Doing excercises to de-tension the body in addition to other routines is equally helpful. For more information check out and READ… Overcoming Stress: Successful Stress management for moms/ kindle

  • Finally i realize that you are the only one who can inspire me from the within… I recommend your videos and audio.. And he said.. He can see your influence on me… Thank you so much…

  • I have a question about the 7 events to plan as well as self-care. I am very far along in my recovery but I still for some reason struggle with self-care, especially hygiene which is a bit embarrassing to admit haha. So for things like bathing, brushing teeth, washing my face, etc, should those go on my list of 7 separately or as one event?

  • Do you have holiday already? o.o
    Out holiday starts at December 23rd and it’s really not easy to manage school and all this.. christmas stuff at the same time..^^

  • #katifaq hi katie! thank you for your videos. I was wondering if you had any advice for a combination of alcohol and eating disorder related behaviors over the holidays. I’ve been in and out of treatment for eating disorders for the past 6 years and stopped the last treatment in April. I have noticed that recent holidays I have swapped food calories for alcohol. I don’t get drunk or anything I just seem to use the act of drinking as well as the buzz to abstain from foods that give me anxiety, which pretty much involves almost all foods typically present at holiday gatherings. This helps me not purge, but I realize it’s also a form of food restriction. Do you have any advice for normalizing eating over the times of high calorie and fat foods? thank you!

  • I can’t wait to see your holiday gift guide! I already love seeing gift guides in general but I can’t wait to see yours especially!

  • Okay thank.
    a few years ago I was abused by my local hospital. I have done what I can by filing a complaint with the state, but nothing has happened and I have been informed I am not the only one.
    why are mental health drs allowed to violate a person’s rights but not get punished?
    I was placed in physical restraints for more than 24 hours at a time with out proper care.
    I suffer severe ptsd now. I see a counselor but she doesn’t think me talking about it would be helpful for me, but I feel like I am being poisoned by the memorys.
    I can’t be alone with this happening? it took place over a year span.
    how do I get people to listen there is an issue that mentally ill patients are being hurt more by restaints than helped. they are psychologically and emotionally damaging. help.

  • Hi kati, so me and my 14 year old daughter don’t have a close relationship and most of the time it frustrates me because I feel like she with holds from me. However, the other day I saw cuts on her wrists, I didn’t mention anything as I don’t really know how to broach the topic without her shutting down on me since we aren’t that close.How do I talk/deal/broach this conversation? And what should I do to help? Thank you x

  • Thank you so much. These are really helpful. And even if all I take from your videos is a feeling of being at least a bit normal it’s so special. You say these things like it is the most normal thing in the world. With my mental illnesses and anxieties and struggles I constantly feel like an alien. And you make it feel like it is ok. I hope you know what I mean. And I know you don’t know who I am and probably never will but I hope you know that you’re doing so much. Your videos are one of the reasons I am still here after everything that happened in the last few month.

  • Hey Kati, this question isn’t necessarily About mental health… It’s about health in general. I was wondering if you present at the emergency department at a hospital, with let’s say you have unknown stomach pain, and you get admitted to a ward where you stay over night, but the doctors can’t find out what’s wrong with you, can they discharge you if you are still as sick as when you first presented to them?
    I know this isn’t entirely up your alley but I thought there’s a possibility you may know! Xx

  • I SO just dealt with a crap load of this with the wedding and all the other holiday things going on. The best thing I did for myself is make lists and then distribute tasks to people close to me that were willing to help. This made a world of difference! I did, however, lose a little bit of my eyebrow hair. Random, I know! But don’t fret, they’re growing back just fine, I know you guys were worried.:P Thanks for your tips Kati! They’re always super helpful. xo

  • Yes! Tip number 2, I always get so stressed out last minute trying to find gifts and dealing with shopping and budgets, so much easier this year because I’ve already started! Great tips!

  • Hi I am new on your channel love your videos! I just wanted to know if you still use the camera & editing software that you talked about it in your video last year? Thanks xx

  • thx for this interestingly ha bisky vid this is something i dont have i just have normal anxiety and if i have plans i keep them thats why i am not going to florida i am going to boston with my friends instead on the 20th and i skipped a family event or the P4A live show i stayed up for 48 hours and it was a lot of fun

  • thank you so much for this. I recently subscribed because of your video with Ingrid. your advice is really helping me get through this holiday season and finals.

  • #katifaq
    Hi Kati!

    First of all, I wanted to say thank you so much for your videos! You are a wonderful and amazing person, and your videos have helped me get through a lot.

    I do have a few questions for you though. I think that I am struggling with MDD (I have noticed that I am displaying a lot of the symptoms), and I think that I need treatment. The problem, though, is that I have tried to talk to my parents about my depression before and kind of hinted at it, but they wouldn’t take me seriously. Also, I don’t have a ton of friends at school, so I am basically fighting my depression by myself. I am 17 years old, and my first question is: since I am 17, can I get treatment by myself, or would I have to get my parents involved? (I would have to involve them, right?) My next question is really far-fetched, but I live in Salt Lake City, Utah, and I was wondering if, by any chance, you knew of any good therapist in Salt Lake, or if you could be my therapist and we could do skype sessions or something like that. My third question is, should I try to tell my parents about my depression again. I really don’t want to, because I’m like 99% sure that they won’t take me seriously, but do you think that I shoud?

    Sorry, that was long and wordy, but I would appreciate it if you could answer even just the first question, which was my main one.

    Thank you Kati!

  • Very helpful, I will use this tips to my piano recital on wednesday. I’m freaking out, but I really wanna try to enjoy and not hide at home behind netflix. LOL

  • Hi Kati, thank you for this video. It especially applies to my study life.
    But, my question: Could you make a video on OSFED and and UFED? (I know it came in place of EDNOS (and you prefered that diagnosis). I also know OSFED has specified subtypes, but what would you diagnose someone with that shows really mixed symptoms? Thank you!

  • Hey Katie
    So I have a question, can mental illness/ illnesses physically effect you.

    I don’t mean behaviour I mean physical illness and pain

    More specifically I’ve been diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder and I wake up almost every morning feeling physically ill (sick heavy head) but more than that it’s really hard to compare it to any other feeling (Im pretty sure its not an anxious stomach) but it’s only when I wake up even when I’ve had a really good nights sleep.
    I stay off school because of it but it’s hard to explain it to my dad so I just refuse to go.

    Basically do you think it’s to do with my anxiety or depression or something else completely??

    Thank you so much, sorry it’s so long

  • ooooh this was really good, Kati, thank you! Self-care definitely needs to be scheduled in every day bc if I don’t force myself to do it (just for the sake of crossing something off my list and feeling accomplished) I won’t get it done. And I’ve been really slacking on taking care of myself. Actually, I haven’t been taking care of myself hardly at all. I don’t even brush my teeth everyday and on my days off from work I rarely get out of bed:/ idk I just need to have more structure in my life and this video is a good reminder of that, so thanks ^-^

  • I am upset that I have to put my personal beliefs aside and buy crap my family doesn’t need with money I don’t have to celebrate a holiday in a way that I personally believe Jesus would not approve of. I have to go to crowded stores that have holiday music blaring and I get sooooo stressed. I wish I could just cancel the gifts altogether.

  • Hi Kati! I love your videos! I deal with severe social anxiety, generalized anxiety and depression. I have Christmas break from school on Thursday until January. I’m really really anxious about it and I’m extremely worried about dealing with my depression over the break! school is where I feel better about my depression because there are people there (ei guidance counselors) and I struggle at home because of family issues. I really don’t know what to do over the break to keep myself busy. I plan on doing a lot of school work and writing and reading at the library but I don’t k ow what to do while I’m home! if you have any suggestions, I would definitely try anything! xx

  • my life is getting easier and easier as i watch more of your videos… i go to therapy on and off since 2011 and have been hading ups and downs with my depression since 2009, but i guess in therapy i talk a lot about things that happened to me or what i want to happen or what i fear might happen and my thoughts and feelings about those things and i get feedback related to those things… i dont seem to get a practical advice like the ones you give. i dont know, she just reacts and replies to the things i put on the table, am i bringing up the wrong stuff? am i in the wrong type of therapy or am i doing therapy wrong??

  • This is truly helpful. I’ve been stressing about everything now that Christmas is next week. The thing that scares me the most is going to three different places. Just the thought of being around people drains me. I’m not really sure why since they’ll be my family. I’ve always felt this way when it comes to social events and big crowds. Okay, got side tracked. Anyway, thank you for this video.

  • Kati, I think these kinds of videos are really helpful, especially for people with ADD. Because of my add, I have trouble with organization and I get overwhelmed when I’m not organized. Thank you for doing this!

  • I have two related questions:
    1. How do you manage mental health during a stressful job search?
    2. Applications are required to ask if you have a disability, including mental illness. Is it better to disclose that you have a disability or could prevent you from getting the job?

  • Thanks!! I always struggle during holiday, I just fell in a constant vicious loops of doing nothing although I’ve got plenty of time! I’ll make sure to use your tips!!

  • I’m having a hard time with figuring out how to get things done at work before the holidays begin… It feels like too much and I get overwhelmed. But today I had a meeting with my supervisor and was just totally honest about how much I had done and how much is left… and just asked if she had any tips on how to finish this task in a more time efficient manner, and she helped me figure out who to ask for help!! This helped me feel a LOT less alone after a really anxiety-filled weekend. I need to remember that the people around me are compassionate and want to help.:)

  • Thanks Kati I have been feeling over whelmed how I was going to do it all the clock is ticking and I feel I’m going to blow you always have a way to bring a calm to my storm love you Merry Christmas ❌⭕️❌⭕️❌⭕️❌⭕️❌

  • Thank you so much for your videos! Have struggled with lack of motivation the whole autumn, and it’s been bad. Cannot remember a time I’ve had it this difficult to get stuff done… But your videos are helping me get back on track. So thank you! Continue spreading information and giving people back their motivation!

  • Well, what if you have to many scheduled events on the same day, yet, are expected to show up to an event but your to tired & the people you’re around are all drinking and you don’t drink? Thats part of it. My dilemma is my brother’s daughter is coming in for the holidays for a short period of time and we don’t get to see her that often, however, the day were suppose to goto my brother’s house, is the same day I have 2 other scheduled events that I can not afford to miss. My brother told me it doesn’t matter how late I get there, as long as I’m there. When I tried to explain that I have 2 other events, he didn’t want to hear of it. I apologized and told my brother if its not to-to late, I would make every effort to be there and if I couldn’t, please understand I just couldn’t make it. He still wouldn’t hear of it. How do you handle a situation like this? I come from a huge family and I do not drink, but they all do. Its sad. Now the NEXT generation (nieces & nephew) are following in the same footsteps. I feel like I have to set up boundaries, yet, get called the “black sheep that doesn’t drink” and just feel like I don’t belong when I am around everybody. Do I just suck it up and go against what I know & feel?

  • Happy Thanksgiving, Aileen. Love your inspiring and calming vids… do you have a vid on staying calm and I know this sounds odd: but a vid on eyelash extensions’ care? Thank you for being a lovely inspiration!❤️

  • #KAtiFAQ Does everyone deserve to be loved? I have done a lot of awful things to myself and other people, do I deserve to be loved anyway? Or should I reject the love I receive?

  • #KatiFAQ is there a way I can ask you a private question. it’s personal. and I would first want to ask you in private before posting such a topic? how can I do such???

  • Any advice on coping great distress and discomfort caused from seeing, hearing or talking to a particular person when can’t be avoided? (Is like big grey cloud covers my head)

    A week before Christmas, I had loads of homework, deadlines each day. It was no fun at all. My stressed mindset that lasted the entire year affected my excitement for Christmas..��. I wish I found this vid sooner. Your vids are currently giving me good vibes for 2018. Lots of love! ��

  • Hey Kati! I like this video, but can you do a video on how to cope with holidays while in treatment? I’m in inpatient care and I won’t be home for Christmas, how can I cope?

  • YAAYY thank u so much for this video! I want to make the holidays as calm and relaxed as I can cause that where it is all about.:D Luuuvvv from The Netherlands ����������

  • One way that i reduce stress when i am anxious about giving people presents is that i try to feel real real happy about giving them. (Well i didnt realise that until recently as i became more self aware of my habits) I visualise them complimenting/ maybe dissing my present(which is okay for me cuz i know everybody’s different) and i feel a sense of happiness growing within me. And also i find that treating things in your life as an ‘experience’ really helps alot? Like if i choose to see this as an experience that i will never have again i immediately feel relaxed and able to stay in the moment:)
    Btw great video and good luck to people who needs to buy loads of presents! (my fam dont really do that so haha

  • I’m a new subbie and I’m so glad to have found your channel; from travel tips to tips on how to conquer life. Thank you, and I’m looking forward to more videos.

  • Some other essential oils I wanted to add are… Peppermint essential oil: helps with fatigue, stimulates, helps with focus, also eliminates pain and headaches when applied to forehead with lavender! Plus it smells like Christmas!! (mix with carrier oil like coconut oil because it’s potent and may burn when applied alone. And Ylang ylang essential oil: (floral scent) helps with depression and frustration, and lifts the mood. Great video!!!

  • Aileen, you say that you’re ‘lazy’ a lot in your videos. From the outside looking in, you don’t seem lazy. There are a lot of people who admire you for doing just the opposite. I wonder what it would look like to change that perception. Just a thought ��

  • I used to get stressed thinking and buying gifts! Year by year, the same relatives and no ideas left! But lately, with some family we meet some weeks before, we write down our names in a paper, then we sort it out and everyone has only one gift to do! We call it “the invisible friend” is it called the same in America?

  • Also, consider gift cards. People tend to think these are not “as thoughtful” since, theoretically, you didn’t go through the process of choosing a specific gift, but people are switching to a new mindset. It’s more considerate to allow people to choose what they want and not make them go through the hassle of returning a repeated item or an item that maybe doesn’t fit. All of this with the added bonus of a stress-free holiday shopping you can do online.

  • Hey Aileen! I am glad that you visited Japan, my home country! I love your videos:) If you can make a video about tips for not taking things seriously, that’d be so much appreciated! Love you xoxox

  • Thank you for this Aileen! It made me feel more in the season (wasn’t feeling the holiday season before watching this).☺️

    The holidays also reminds me that it’s been a year since I started watching you and Muchelle B. You guys are my mentors and inspo for life!✨

  • Thank you soooo much! I am a fashion design student making a graduate collection, so I am EXTREMELY stressed. I will use your tips to help me get through it xx Good luck!

  • To be honest, I’m starting to get excited for Christmas right after Halloween:D I loove this holiday and I already have all the Christmas gifts for my family and friends ^^ So I appreciate your video, which is, as always just edited soo lovely and I really like your top! ♥

  • Watching your videos all over again �� they help me so much when I get sad and life gets hard. I find the way you talk so relaxing and reassuring. I hope you will keep making videos ❤️

  • sigh I wish I was stressed about the holidays I’m freaking out coz I have exams at school before Christmas, dance recital and piano exam after ������

  • Thank you for the tips Aileen! I am already getting overwhelmed because I will have important exams before Christmas, I need to get presents for my loved ones, travelling and many other things are happening at the same time. Thanks to your video, I think now I know how to handle things better:) Keep up the good work xoxo

  • I think I am in a funk.I have lost all my positivity.I hate everything now.I cant gain the credits my university wants.And I have exam coming up in 3 days.But now I just feel like dropping out.I think I cant never be the good student again.

  • #katifaq I would love to see a tips video about how to better deal with anxiety and depression around Christmas time, you know Seasonal Affective Disorder? I’ve been really struggling with this lately and it’s so hard to deal with as I feel I have to be happy because it’s Christmas:(

  • Hi! Quick question… So I’ve been seeing a therapist for like 3 months now for an Ed and I talk about everything like I don’t hold back she knows everything I do, and she hasn’t diagnosed me wit she not labeling me on purpose? Like I’m totally aware of what I do so I know it’s not normal and its a problem. I feel like her not telling me is making me deny it more though. Sometimes I feel like I want her to tell me I have something so I can bring it o reality. I don’t know! Is that normal for her not to tell me what’s wrong or give me a diagnosis? I know If she does insurance can pay for some. It’s so expensive! Thanks Kati love u!

  • Hi Aileen! I haven’t watched your latest videos, but It’s thanksgiving and I have to say I miss you! I’m wishing you a lovely holiday and I’m catching up now:)

  • Well it is not holiday time here but I really needed this because it’s time for exams �� and we are all stressed so some tips will really work for me.
    But I can say that even if your video is not for me I just enjoy watching you ���� I love you so much ����

  • AW i loved this!! im so happy you came up in my recommendations <3

    i make videos like this with my TWIN sister <3 we are a new channel and would love some feedback:)


    Kati, would you please do a video about dealing with bereavement to suicide. My best friend killed herself about 6 weeks ago and I have found it really difficult staying on top of my mental health and grieving. I don’t feel like this is something that is spoken about enough (what happens to those left behind). I have had issues with my mental health before (bpd, anxiety, self harm and suicide attempts) but everything was okay. Okay until recent events and now Im struggling with it all.

    Please can you help? I feel this would also be useful for those who are struggling with suicidal ideation themselves

    Thank you:) Hannah

  • Loved this video. Couldn’t agree more! I have a video request, could you please make an in depth video on how to grow your own personal brand from YouTube to blogging to using all other sources and streams of income. Basically sharing a little bit more about your business. You’re such an inspiration to my channel and I. This video would be a great help for future entrepreneurs who want to make an impact in the world with their personal brand! Thanks <3

  • BUT WHAT’S WRONG WITH WATCHING NETFLIX ALL DAY? Lol. Just kitten you, gurrl. I’d love to see what was edited right after that lol.

  • Thank you for sharing your tips and wisdom! I honestly have not been looking forward to the holiday season, as it’s grown to mean a lot of bad things for me since I was a child. Year after year of waiting for loved ones that never show and having to face the duplicity of the ones that linger around maliciously, has made me resent the holidays. But going by what you said it’s important to see the good that remains and to keep trying. After all, it’s the little moments that make the holidays scintillate with twinkling nostalgia and fleeting familial warmth. No matter who doesn’t show, the ones who do and the things they do, they do not dictate the worth of our holidays and our memories. We do. Thank you for the video:)

  • “Done is better than perfect”… also useful advice if you’re struggling with not-so-satisfactory grades and work… It’s okay to not be perfect!

  • Hi Aileen, can you please make a video on overcoming perfectionism. Thank you so much for all the efforts you put in making these awesome videos:)

  • Hi Aileen!! I wanted to send you something for xmas and was just wondering if you had to pick one, would you pick cats or dogs? DW this is not a serious question, just need to know for the design/theme hehe:)

  • Hey Kati, I have been making myself faint so that I have a seizure when I get low or stressed out. I’m worried that this is dangerous and I can’t stop.

  • Lovely video, definitely going to get myself prepared would like to have everyone’s presents at least bought or ordered before December!

  • I’m going to work on ‘preparing’ more this year. I’m going to try to have everyone’s gifts bought and wrapped the week before Christmas!