12/06/2011 05:01 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Avoiding Holiday Anxiety, From Dr. Dale Atkins

Do holidays with family make you anxious? Dr Atkins shares her ideas on how to decrease family tensions. She points out that anticipating and expecting things to go badly can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Beware of your own assumptions, and rather than replaying those dreaded tapes in your head, imagine yourself taking control of a negative situation by responding in a very positive way. By doing so, you will trump them and you will not be allowing others to dictate how you feel and react.

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