Mom Brain Holiday Tip #1: Overwhelmed? Try this!

Overwhelmed this holiday season? Try what we call graded task assignment in CBT, which means breaking big tasks down into smaller steps. Make a list of the things you need to get done. This includes gift shopping, house cleaning, food prep, packing for travel, etc. Break the list down into several discrete, manageable steps, and assign yourself (and your family members) one or more of these steps each week for the weeks leading up to the holidays. I promise this type of planning will decrease your stress.

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