The holidays are ~magical~, but they can also be hella stressful.

Updated: November 24, 2017

As amazing as the holidays are, they're a stressful time for many people. (Here's a whole list of things you can do to help manage holiday stress.) When you're feeling stressed or anxious, it's common to experience negative thoughts-and even go into a bit of a downward spiral. Once you start dwelling on a negative thought, it often leads to another, and before you know it, you're stuck in a cycle of negative thinking that ends up making you feel even more worried.

That's where these easy stress-relief techniques come in. In the video below, London-based clinical psychologist Catherine Wikholm shares a mindfulness technique to help you respond to negative thoughts in a different way. (Here are the basics of mindfulness and meditation.) Practicing this technique can help you to feel less overwhelmed by negative thoughts and make it easier to cope with stressful situations. (If you like this, also try these meditation tips specifically for the holidays.)

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