Gratitude can bring us into the present moment, decreasing overwhelm, calming anxiety, and soothing depression symptoms over time by helping us track what adds to our happiness over time. Check out this post for a simple, creative, and unique gratitude practice involving the hands.
A trusted colleague and friend said something that I return to year after year around this time. She said, “If you're feeling anxious about visiting family, that's because you’re going to the button factory. These people know where all your buttons are, and exactly how to push them...because they made them.”